Blue Spot Puffer (Canthigaster solandri) Care
The Blue Spot Pufferfish, Canthigaster solandri, is also known as the Spotted Sharpnose. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a brown body with bluish-white spots and blue lines on the head and a black eyespot edged in blue at the base of the dorsal fin. These fish lack pelvic fins and use the pectoral fins for movement.
Pufferfish are omnivores and require a diet rich in plant and meaty foods, such as marine algae, vegetables, mysis and brine shrimp, high-quality frozen foods and flake and pellet foods They should be fed multiple times a day.
Blue Spot Puffers grow up to about 5″ and require an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with live rock caves and crevices and wide-open swimming areas. They are peaceful fish and should be kept with other peaceful fish.
They are considered reef safe “with caution” because although they may nip at both corals and small invertebrates.
NOTE: Pufferfish will puff up when stressed or to scare away potential predators. Do not intentionally cause a pufferfish to do this as it is very stressful on their body and can actually cause them to become ill and die. If you need to transfer a puffer, please use a container vs. a net to catch and transport them.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 3/4” to 1”
Small-Medium: 1” to 1-1/2”
Medium: 1-1/2” to 2”
Medium-Large: 2” to 2-1/2”
Large: 2-1/2” to 3”
Extra Large: 3” to 3-1/2”