Whitebelly Puffer

Whitebelly Puffer

Canthigaster bennetti

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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Max Size: 3-4 inches
The Whitebelly Puffer is well known as the Bennett's Puffer, Bennett's Pufferfish, Bennett's Sharpnose Puffer, Bennett's Sharpnose Pufferfish, Bennett's Toby, Roseband Puffer, Roseband Pufferfish, Roseband Sharpnose Puffer, Roseband Toby, Pink Spot Puffer, Pink Spot Pufferfish, Pink Spotted Sharpnose Pufferfish and Exquisite Toby. The Whitebelly Puffer produces a toxic mucus, which is known as tetradotoxin, in the skin and viscera that makes them unpalatable to most fish. It acclimatizes quickly to an aquarium life, and needs lot of hiding places with rocks and crevices. The Whitebelly Puffer is not at all considered reef safe, since it nips over the corals and can make them suffer. It should be kept in fish only aquarium, and is highly recommended not to add multiple inhabitants in the same tank. Also, acclimation time of one to two hours should be given to this fish. The Whitebelly Puffer can feed largely on red algae, green algae, and coralline algae. Since it has penchant for coralline algae, the flesh of stony corals, and crustaceans, it?s not at all considered reef safe, and thus not recommended for reef aquarium. The Whitebelly Puffer has a distinct feature to save itself from predation by ingesting water into the ventral portion of its body and blows up so that it becomes difficult to ingest it. It has incredibly strong plated mouth structures that are used to bite and crush even the toughest shells.

An awesome little beautiful Whitebelly Puffer who peacefully explores my large reef tank's caves. Almost always visible and active.

Reviewed by: Rick Ellison on Sept. 12, 2021

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