Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Notes: Valentini Puffers

Tetraodontidae family, Canthigaster valentini

  • Also known as: Valentini's Sharpnose Puffer, Black Saddled Toby, Saddled Puffer
  • Marine fish, originates in reefs of Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Maximum length: Approximately 11 cm.
  • Lifespan: Believed to be 5-10 years.
  • Minimum tank size: 20 gallons.
  • Preferred pH: 7.9-8.4.
  • Preferred temperature: 74-80 degreesF.
  • Description: 4 black stripes on the back (saddles), blue-grey head, white body with blue-grey speckles, tail and fins tinted yellow, males have a rainbow streak of color behind eyes.
  • Needs to eat a source of shelled food in order to prevent teeth from overgrowing.
  • Often considered to be a "fin-nipper", can often co-house with blennies. May nibble at any crustacean in tank, regardless of size; if well fed, generally doesn't bother corals.
  • Poisonous to eat.

Sources: Info composite of various on-line sources but mainly culled from researching forum posts and library info at The Puffer Forum