Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Indian Dwarf Pea Puffer) CareSheet

Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Indian Dwarf Pea Puffer) is a popular micro planted tank fish. It has a unique and engaging personality that has won the hearts of many aquarists. Though it may be aggressive and territorial at times, it can be a terrific addition to many community aquariums with tiny fish, plants, and various invertebrates when kept under the appropriate circumstances.

Ample room and decor are important factors in successfully maintaining the Indian Dwarf Pea Puffer in a communal environment. More plants, rocks, and driftwood can assist to block up lines of sight and create more different places since males of this species are highly territorial and will frequently claim and defend an area. This puffer, like other puffers, is a slow-moving fish that will struggle to keep up with faster-moving tetras, rasboras, barbs, danios, and rainbowfish. Slow-moving, long-finned fish, such as bettas, are not suitable tankmates because it will continuously attack their fins.

The Indian Dwarf Puffer typically ignores dry meals, yet groups of this fish may sometimes learn about new food sources by watching one another try them out. In our experience, relying on dry meals as a mainstay for this fish is not a wise idea. Frozen bloodworms and other meaty frozen items, on the other hand, it will devour. Because it eats crustaceans and snails in the wild, it shouldn't be housed alongside dwarf shrimp. On the plus side, it will cheerfully clean any aquarium of any tiny snails, even the "nuisance" bladder snails that infest most planted tanks. While the Indian Dwarf Puffer does not seem to need its "beak" to be cut like other bigger puffers, an excess of tiny snails in its diet has no negative consequences.

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Requirements for keeping Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons (single specimen), 30+ gallons (small group)
Origin: India
Average adult size: 1 inch