Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 4"
The Valentini Puffer is also known as the black saddle puffer. Unlike other fish, it uses its pectoral fins for forward and backward movement. When threatened, it generally inflates its body by taking in water in an attempt to prevent others from eating it. In that case, we advice you to use a container as opposed to a net when removing or transferring fish, to avoid ingestion of air. The Valentini Puffer is a very sensitive, scale less, specialized fish that requires excellent water conditions and therefore, is not considered a good fish for beginners. It is not at all considered reef safe, as it tends to nip over the corals and even fins, which means it can be housed only with limited species. The Valentini Puffer should never be combined with long fin fishes, as it tends to make holes in fins. It should be kept singly or in pairs in a large tank, as it needs an adequate space to live peacefully, lest the males become too aggressive. When trying to keep puffers with other fishes, it is essential to provide plenty of space, hiding holes and decorations that will allow your puffer to create its own territory. The Valentini Puffer is omnivore and can be fed with vitamin-enriched shrimp, chopped cockle, vegetable matter, or green filamentous algae, and sometimes even hard shelled shrimp to wear down their ever growing teeth. It has not been bred in captivity, and it doesn?t have ?beaks? and instead has ?plate? like teeth, which if overgrown, may require an emergency action. The Valentini Puffer should not be kept in a tank less than 30 gallon, and since it is toxic in nature, it is best suitable to keep in fish-only aquarium.