Topaz Puffer

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Tetraodon fluviatilis - (Hamilton, 1822)
Topaz Puffer

Freshwater puffers are undeniably interesting and full of character, but not good community fish. Neil Hepworth


Some aquarists make pets of these fishes, but for the most part, puffers are aggressive fishes that are “nippers and biters,” and can disrupt a peaceful community aquarium. Consider them specialty fishes best kept in species tanks.

Family: Tetraodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Green Puffer
  • Ceylon Puffer

Native range:

Habitat: Shallow, weedy areas of streams and rivers.

Maximum length: 43 cm (17 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 265 L (70 gal)

Water: Freshwater 24 °C (75 °F) - 27 °C (81 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.


Carnivore. Feeds heavily on mollusks in the wild. Offer meaty foods, including table shrimp, krill, clams, mussels.

Aquarium Compatibility

This is a very aggressive fish, perhaps best kept with other large predators in a very big system or in its own species tank.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: NH
Text credit: KW