Hairy Puffer (Tetraodon baileyi)

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Hairy Puffer

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Hairy puffer

Tetraodon baileyi

132 Litres (35 US G.)

12-15 cm (4.7-5.9")




6.0 - 7.8

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

5-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods

8-15 years



Additional names

Hairy Puffer

Additional scientific names

Monotrete baileyi, Tetraodon baileyi

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Has not been determined. There's been speculated that the degree of cirri (hairiness) is a help of determining the sex, but there is no real evidence this is correct.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in species tanks with no other fish. Will eat fish and attack any invertebrates. May leave top-dwelling fast-swimming fish alone, but risky.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Feed mussels, earthworms, shrimp, bloodworms, crayfish, snails. Live food and frozen food should be accepted.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed when it's belly is flat again. When young feed daily, when mature feed every 2/3 days.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Appreciates a Sandy substrate With lots of hiding places. Sensitive to water quality issues, regular water changes are a must. Only keep in a fully cycled tank, ammonia and nitrite should be 0. They are messy eaters, over filtration is highly recommended.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An inactive lurker though very aggressive. This species will be hiding for most of the day. Most activity is seen around feeding time.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A dark brown Puffer with a lighter (sometimes orange) pattern. Has some of cirri (hairs) around the snout.

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