Porcupine Puffer

Porcupine Puffer

Diodon holocanthus


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Max Size: 12 inches
The Porcupine Puffer, Diodon holocanthus, also known as the Burrfish is equipped with spines resembling a porcupines, jaws with two fused teeth, and the ability to expand its body when agitated. They are one of the most popular pufferfish species for their unique appearance and relative hardiness. 
The Porcupine Puffer will feed primarily on a carnivorous diet consisting of small inverts. It will use its strong jaws to pry open hard-shelled inverts when fed. They should be kept in tanks in alkaline conditions, and with plenty of live rock crevices and hiding places. Like other puffers, the Porcupine Puffer should never be transported in a net as they can expand entrapping them, use a container instead. 
It can produce a toxin, may nip on corals in underfed, and can eat small inverts so it is not necessarily reef safe. They are best kept in a fish-only aquarium and can be kept with multiple individuals. 

Our little guy was about 4 inches when we got him about 3 years ago and doing well. He is about 8 inches now in a 180 gallon tank with a Hawaiian black trigger and a fox face.


Reviewed by: John Reilly on Dec. 7, 2019

Cute little guy. About 3". Was a bit shy at first, but appears hearty and is starting to eat well. Not interested in my snails yet, but I'm sure that will change.


Reviewed by: Tutormonster on Jan. 27, 2015

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