Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer

Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer

Canthigaster rostrata


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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Western Atlantic Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
Max Size: 4 inches

The Sharpnose Puffer (Canthigaster rostrata) can be found among the Caribbean and further south, towards Venezuela. C. rostrata have a brown dorsal section with a white underbelly and blue stripes near their caudal fin. They can be found singly or in pairs among seaward reefs, where they search for crustaceans and other invertebrates. They are considered reef safe, but should not be kept with prized invertebrates, such as Venus shrimp or Pom-Pom Crabs. They require an omnivorous diet, consisting of crustaceans and other meaty preparations, as well as occasional seaweed or macro-algae. They reach a maximum size of 4 inches and are rather peaceful towards other tankmates.

Love this Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer! He is so beautiful and such an interesting personality! He doesn't bother anyone and has actually become friends with our yellow wrasse! They swim attached at the hip looking for food! He is a very mellow swimmer who loves swimming through the rock work to find new caves. He is a little hard to feed when competing with quicker eaters, I let a couple pellets sink in front of him and sink a few spirulina flakes! I highly recommend him, he is sweet, beautiful, and easy!


Reviewed by: Shia M. on Dec. 31, 2021

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