Takifugu ocellatus Puffer Fish Lair

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Takifugu ocellatus, photo courtesy of J. Moss. Burying themselves in the sand is typical of this species, for camouflage and the burst of speed for a kill strike of their prey.


This species has been difficult to keep in aquaria. Many keepers mention that adaptation to a fish tank has been rough at best. Puffing up with any motion in the room, lights turning off and on etc. are some of the troublesome issues. Probably the most common species of Takifugu sold for aquaria, the noticeable large neon orange ocellation on the dorsal area is the best visual identification mark. Grow out size is listed as 15 cm (about 6 inches).