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Adult Males have a brown vertical line running along the underside
of their bellies. During courtship and aggression behavior, this line
will become thick and dark. Some males have “Wrinkles” behind their
Dwarves should be kept in a species only tank. They are a very aggressive
little fish and will nip the fins off just about any other fish. They
are capable of killing tank mates much larger than themselves with
their relentless picking and nipping. There is one species of fish
that many people have found compatible with dwarves.
Carinotetraodon travancorius are the smallest of the Fresh Water Puffer fish sold in Fish Stores today. They require 100% dechlorinated fresh water. Note: They can tolerate a wide variety of water parameters, but do best as stated above..
All my puffers are males and have no problem with territory. There is of course a dominant male in the group, but that was to be expected and he only claims dominance at feeding. Once in a while I'll see some chasing. The fish are not stressed with this chasing, it seems to be a natural behavior.
Special note on water changes: You also have to be careful when siphoning water from the tank, because their curiosity will sometimes lead them a little too close to the siphon tube! Accidental sucking up of the dwarves are common.
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