A Puffer I Wish was a Saltwater Fish

by | Oct 19, 2015 | Eye Candy, Photography, Too Cute | 5 comments

pea puffers

As I was writing a more in-depth post about my experiences with both freshwater aquariums and saltwater tanks and what I love about keeping both of them at the same time, I kept asking myself- “Which freshwater fish would made a splash in saltwater community?” There are many candidates, but I think one of the most unique fish that lives exclusively in freshwater and close relative to its saltwater counterparts, the Tetraodon travancoricus, known better as the Indian Dwarf Puffer

My quite large (100 g) freshwater planted tank would never “feel” the same without the presence of its smallest inhabitants- a pair of Indian Dwarf Puffers. In this post, I present to you a fish that is entertaining to watch, beautifully colored, and packed with personality, that comes in the tiniest of packages. These smart little predators (they hunt pest snails with passion) are absolutely comical in appearance, great to observe (when you spot them, which not always is an easy task), and an all-around amazing addition to a planted tank. They are native to the Pamba River in southern India, only grow to 1″ long, and form groups that hunt together with a vigor of a lion pack.

Just look at the picture- aren’t they awesome?

Image details:

Photographer: Marcin Smok

Camera: Nikon D810

Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8

Focal Length: 105 mm

Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Aperture: f/22

Marcin Smok Freshwater tank

  • Marcin Smok

    Marcin Smok is a reefer, photographer, traveler, SCUBA diver and avid DIY-er. He has been keeping freshwater fish tanks since he was 9 years old and saltwater tanks for the past 10 years. Check his photography site at www.travelibn.com and follow his Facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/photoreef/


  1. Eddie James Gallagher

    I have a nile puffer atmo but have kept a lot of the smaller varieties so full of character

  2. Bernie Risley

    I believe the spotted puffer can be adapted to saltwater

  3. LeRoy Tiger Johnson

    Little fatty after feeding. He’s been in saltwater for a year. Green spotted puffer.

  4. LeRoy Tiger Johnson

    Now he lives here with 2 other puffers and a filefish. 125 gallon.


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