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The Panda Puffer, also known as the Masked Pufferfish, is a unique species that has several distinct features. It has black patches around both eyes, lacks pelvic fins, and has the ability to inflate its body to almost twice its normal size. Additionally, when threatened or alarmed, it holds its spines straight out from the body and parts of the flesh are poisonous if digested. Not to be overlooked, it also has a fused beak-like structure that serves as its teeth. This amazing creature is truly a marvel of nature. Furthermore, its impressive survival strategies in the wild make it a great addition to any aquarium.
This fish is suitable for an aquarium of 180 gallons or larger, with a good protein skimmer. It has a carnivorous diet and will happily eat invertebrates found in a reef tank. Due to its defensive behavior, it is important to use a container when transferring it. It is important to take great care when transferring this fish, as it can become alarmed and expand its body for protection. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that this fish is a large species and will need the extra space to swim and thrive. With proper care, this fish can be a great addition to your tank.
The Panda Puffer needs a varied diet to help wear down their ever growing teeth. Squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp are all great sources of meaty food.