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Dichotomyctere ocellatus (formerly: Tetraodon biocellatus)

29. March 2019

The green pufferfish (genus Dichotomyctere) are the best known aquarium pufferfish. They are brackish water animals, which, in case they should be cared for in fresh water, paying special attention to their pH value. A pH below 8 does not get them in the long run and the water should be as hard as possible. The easiest way to care for them is in brackish water, 5-10 grams of sea salt/litre are enough.

Dichotomyctere species can sometimes become quarrelsome and then bite off the fins of other fish. One must therefore be a little careful when keeping them in a community tank. It is best to care for them in groups, 6-10 specimens are ideal.

The smallest Dichotomyctere species is D. ocellatus; it becomes only 8 cm long and is extremely pretty. Very early it was confused with the dragon pufferfish (Pao palembangensis) and therefore it can be found in the older literature under the name Tetraodon palembangensis. Of this the common name Palembang puffer remained, but it is also often called „Figure Eight Puffer“ due to the pattern on the back. 

We currently have very nice specimens in different sizes in stock.

For our customers: the animals have code 262504 (4-5 cm) and 262505 (5-6 cm, these are the photographed specimens) on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Chelonodon patoca

16. October 2017

We received this beautiful species of brackish water puffer from Thailand. The species Chelonodon patoca has a wide distrubution in the Indian Ocean. It is often placed in the genus Chelonodontops in recent times. Adult specimens – the species becomes up to 30 cm long – usually live in the sea, while young fish live in brackish water and swim occassionally far upstreams. It is best to keep them in brackish water.

Sadly many individuals of that beautiful fish become fin biters. So one should keep them only along with fast fish that can avoid the attacks of the puffer. Otherwise C. patoca is easy to keep and – like most pufferfishes – very interesting. One should have a sandy bottom in the aquarium, as C. patoca likes to burry itself from time to time.

For our customers: the fish have code 409802 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer