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 PEA PUFFER

In the few years that Pea Puffers (Carinotetraodon Travancoricus) have been available in the hobby, they have become one of the most popular puffers around.  Also known as Abeni puffers, Bumble Bee puffers, dwarf puffers, Malabar puffers and Pygmy puffers, they are the smallest of all the puffers known, maxing out at one inch, and are another example of the puffers found only in fresh water.  Native to the inland waters of India, Pea puffers are a golden color on top, fading to an off-white underneath, with patches and spots that range from blue green to black.  As they mature, females become considerably fuller-bodied, while males display a black bar running from the pectoral fins to the caudal fin.  Mature males are sometimes quarrelsome and territorial, and should be kept one per tank to avoid fighting.  Pea Puffersólike most puffersócan be fin-nippers and should not be kept with slow-moving, long-finned fish.  They do best at temperatures between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH of 7.0 to 8.0.  Pea puffers can be kept in aquariums as small as 5 gallons, but are happiest in planted tanks of at least 30 gallons.  Like other puffers, they are carnivorous, and should be fed carnivore pellets, frozen blood worms, brine shrimp, earthworms and other meaty foods.  Although there have been reports of captive breeding, the Pea puffers available in the hobby are still wild-caught in India.

 

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