Striped Puffer - Arothron manilensis - Narrow-lined Toadfish - Narrow-Striped Puffer Fish - Manila Puffer
The narrow-lined puffer, Arothron manilensis, is a puffer of the family Tetraodontidae, found in the western Pacific, Borneo, the Philippines, and northwest Australia to Samoa, northward to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan, southward to New South Wales in Australia and Tonga. These puffers are also sensitive to nitrites and ammonia and should only be introduced into a fully cycled aquarium. High quality water is needed for these puffers to thrive, a sump or refugium is a good idea on a tank for this puffer. The narrow lined puffer is a beautiful saltwater puffer. They will do well in a tank with live rock and enjoy searching the rock for living things to snack on. They are mild toward other fish, but are not reef safe as they will readily snack on many invertebrates found in a reef. They do tend to be more territorial and will not accept conspecifics. The Striped Puffer is a carnivore. The Striped Puffer is a hardy fish and it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the Striped Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Striped Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility. The Starry Puffer has a beak-like mouth. It has teeth both in the upper and lower jaw which are fused into two "plates". This distinct Physical attribute gives rise to the scientific name for the family, Tetraodontidae, which means four teeth. Maximum Size: The Striped Puffer grows up to 14 inches General Size Specifications: The smaller size will come in the range of 2 to 3 inches, the medium in the range of 4 to 5 inches and the larger in the size of 6 to 7 inches. Minimum Tank Size: The Striped Puffer would prefer a tank of at least 100 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Habitat: Range: Indo-Pacific. Striped Puffer or Narrow-lined Toadfish are found in Western Australia and western Pacific east to Micronesia and Samoa. Generally found in shallow waters on mud or silty sand. Feeding and Diet: The Striped Puffer feeds on a variety of foods including algae, coral, sponges, starfish, mollusks, anemones, urchins and other invertebrates.