Porcupine Puffer

lg 102001 Porcupine Puffer
Latin name: (Diodon holocanthus)

Care Level





Black, Tan, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

180 gallons



A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is the perfect home to keep a lionfish. This species is known to be quite aggressive, especially when it comes to nipping the fins of tank mates, which often leaves a circular hole as its mark. Despite this, the lionfish is a desirable species for its ability to inflate its body to almost twice its size when threatened or scared. Furthermore, it is important to note that parts of its flesh are poisonous if digested, so it is important to select appropriate tank mates. Additionally, a good protein skimmer is essential to ensure that the water quality is maintained.

The Porcupine Puffer is a unique fish that requires a specialized diet. It must have a variety of meaty proteins, such as squid, krill, clams and hard shelled shrimp, to ensure its teeth are kept in good condition. In order to maintain a healthy mouth, it is essential to provide these items regularly as part of their diet. Additionally, it is important to feed the fish in small amounts multiple times a day, as this will help prevent overfeeding and maintain the proper balance of nutrition. With the right diet plan, the Porcupine Puffer can live a happy and healthy life.

The approximate purchase size for a small, small/medium, medium, medium/large, or large is 1″ to 2″, 2″ to 3″, 3″ to 4″, 4″ to 5″, or 5″ to 6″.

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