Black Blotch Porcupinefish

(Diodon liturosus)

Diodon Porcupinefish should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of rockwork, caves, cracks, crevices and ledges for hiding. Wide open swim areas should also be provided. Porcupinefish have the ability to inflate themselves as a defence mechanism, they will also use their exterior sharp spines to ward off potential threats. Porcupinefish are slow moving fish and require peaceful tank mates larger than themselves. They are nocturnal feeding on mainly large crustaceans, urchins, sea stars, worms and may pick at soft corals. Feed a diet rich in meaty foods multiple times daily.

Black Blotch Porcupinefish are also sometimes known as Shortspine Porcupinefish. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Black Blotch Porcupinefish generally are a tam color witth dark brown blotches. Black Blotch Porcupinefish can grow to a little over 24".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 250 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

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