Common names: Dwarf puffer, Pea puffer, BB puffer, Malabar puffer
Adult size: ~1 inch
Life span: 5+ years
Min tank: 10 gallons
Temp: 74-82 degrees F
Diet: Baby snails are an excellent source of food for dwarf puffers, and you can easily breed a snail colony at home. You can also offer your freshwater pufferfish a varied diet of appropriately sized shrimp pieces, red wigglers, and different types of frozen fish food, like blood worms and brine shrimp. Just remember to keep the pieces small, a few blood worms makes a decent sized meal. These little guys should be fed twice a day.
Notes: Dwarf puffers are one of the few types of freshwater pufferfish that can successfully be kept with their own species. They are best kept in a species only tank, however, some do well with a cleaner tank mates, like otocinclus – some keepers even report their dwarf puffers cohabitating with different shrimp species. Since adult males can become very territorial with each other, it is recommended to keep a single male in a group of females – 1 male to 3-4 females is a widely accepted ratio.
Dwarf puffer beaks do not grow at a fast rate, so you are less likely to have fish problems with an overgrown beak. However, you still need to offer dwarf puffers a varied diet that includes a large quantity of shelled foods to maintain dental health – baby pond snails and ramshorn snails are perfect for this. They do well in a planted tank, and they enjoy an interactive environment filled with driftwood caves and other hiding places.