Red Eye Puffer (Carinotetraodon irrubesco)

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Female Red Eye Puffer

Carinotetraodon irrubesco

57 Litres (15 US G.)

4-4.5 cm (1.6-1.8")




6.0 - 7.8

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

8-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Red Eye Puffer, Crested Puffer

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: currently known only from the lower parts of the Banjuasin basin in Sumatra Selatan; and the Sambas river in Kalimantan Barat.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The male is substantially larger than the female and they have very different colour patterns. The female has a mottled body whereas the males body is a more solid steel grey/olive. The male has a ridge along it's back that's raised during courtship.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Although one of the more peaceful of the freshwater puffers, it may still nip at other fishes fins and will be aggressive towards invertebrates. Whether a Red Eye will live with others can depend on the individual fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will like meaty foods including bloodworm, brine shrimp, and small snails.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

A nocturnal hunter, will tend to eat more and be more active after dark.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A very messy fish, preferably needs over-filtration. A well planted tank with lots of hiding places is best. This is an entirely freshwater fish, it does not need salt in it's water.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Behaviour varies greatly with this little fish. Sometimes the individual will be timid, sometimes it will attack everything in sight!

Identification[edit | edit source]

As its common name suggests, this fish has bright red eyes. The males and females differ in colour, see Sexing.

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