Reticulated Pufferfish

(Arothron reticularis)

Arothron Pufferfish are also known as Fat or Dogface Pufferfish. They should be added to well established large aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Puffers do "puff up" if they feel threatened. Plenty of rock work should be provided with caves, cracks and crevices. Arothron Puffers are not reef safe, they will disturb and will consume invertebrates. A varied diet of larger meaty foods including hard shell shrimp in order to wear down their teeth. Care will need to be taken when handling as Pufferfish tend to become quite alarmed, the use of a container is highly recommended. Pufferfish are intelligent and have a wonderful personality, they will make a great addition to large fish only aquariums.

Reticulated Pufferfish are also sometimes known as the Reticulated Blowfish or Reticulated Toadfish. Occasionally seen in the aquarium trade. Reticulated Pufferfish have an overall tan color with white spots and stripes and some circling the eyes. Reticulated Pufferfish can grow to almost 18".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 180 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietLive FoodLive Food DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium