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FS: Porcupine Puffer Fish (Diodon holacanthus)

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Medium-Large (4.5") Porcupine Pufferfish in excellent condition. $25 OBO.

Beautiful iridescent blue eyes and curious enough to follow you around (always looking for food :). Very Cute. My wife is very mad at me for selling it.

I am taking down my 90G tank, and since he was the only live inhabitant he must go first. I will post the tank as well as live rock in the coming weeks.

The Porcupine Puffer is also known as the Porcupinefish or Porcupine Pufferfish. It has spiny appendages which cover most of its body, which may vary from light gray to mottled tans, sometimes with dark spots. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure. The Porcupine Puffer lacks pelvic fins but has learned to use the pectoral fins to move about.

A 90 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is a suitable home. It may be aggressive at times, nipping the fins of tank mates and leaving a circular hole as its mark. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef aquarium. It has the ability, when threatened or scared, to inflate its body to almost twice its normal size. Parts of its flesh are poisonous if digested. The family of Puffers is a distinct family marked by their ability to injest water into the ventral portion of their body causing them to blow up for protection.

The Porcupine Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
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Sold. Thank you Jason.
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