The Figure Eight Puffer is found primarily in freshwater and brackish areas throughout its native range. In spite of this, the Figure Eight Puffer actually does best in mildly brackish water when kept in captivity.
Figure Eight Puffers are normally brownish on the dorsal side, and have irregular dark blotches that are edged in yellowish green. Two of these blotches just before the dorsal fin usually make the shape of a figure-eight. The fins are rounded, and the belly is white.
Like other puffers, these fish are territorial, and should be kept with only hardy community fish that are larger than them if not kept in a tank of only puffers. They are nippy, and will often damage the fins of their tankmates.
Figure Eight Puffers eat snails and will crush the shell to get to the meat inside. They will also meaty frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, some formulas and pellets, along with live ghost shrimp as an occasional treat.
So playful! :) I really like these fish, although I have never kept one.
I absolutely love puffers. They're such a treat to have - but if you don't have the time, or you often go on vacation, it is not the fish for you. This pet needs attention like a dog does.
Puffer Fun! 9/6/2012
I love the animated puffers. They do well (in my tank) with the spotted puffer. Very playful and curious.A real joy and my fav breed of fish!
<3 puffers!!!!! 8/26/2012
IT IS an agressive breed. HOWEVER you must treat each as its own one may be gentle and the other a complete trouble maker!!! but with their constant smile who cant love these lil guys! you must have ample hidey holes for them extremely territorial, especially at feeding time. best tank mates are other puffers especially green spotted. and i found knighted gobies but dont be surised if you wake one morning to find it missing and your puffers coming out of his hidey hole at feeding time with his big smile on lol! they also love there little snails and ghost shrimp
good fish 7/26/2012
non aggressive fish , can be combined with non aggressive , but can feel out numbered , best with charachins