Porcupine Puffer (Diodon hystrix) Care
The Porcupine Puffer, Diodon hystrix, is also known as the Spotfin Porcupinefish. These fish come from the Eastern Pacific and Western Indian Oceans. They have a tan upper body, a white belly, and multiple brown spots.These fish lack pelvic fins and use the pectoral fins for movement.
These 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.
Porcupine Puffers grow up to about 12″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 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 not reef safe.
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
Tiny: up to 2”
Small: 2” to 2-1/2”
Small-Medium: 2-1/2” to 3-1/2”
Medium: 3-1/2” to 4-1/2”
Medium-Large: 4-1/2” to 5-1/2”
Large: 5-1/2” to 6-1/2”
Extra Large: 6-1/2” to 7-1/2”
Extra Extra Large: 7-1/2” to 8-1/2”
Show: 8-1/2” to 10-1/2”
Jumbo: over 10-1/2”