Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini) Care
The Valentini Puffer, Canthigaster valentini, Valentin’s Sharpnose Puffer and the Saddle Valentini Puffer. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a white body with two black saddles in the center, black coloring above the eyes, a yellow tail, and golden spots across the entire body. 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.
Valentini Puffers grow up to about 4″ and require an aquarium of at least 30 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 will not bother coral, they will eat 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”