Color Form: Brown, Tan, White
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78? F, dKH 8-12, pH
8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1'
Origin: Indonesia, Maldives
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Narrow-Lined Puffer captures the essence of the
specialized nature of puffers. Classic and elegant in design, the Narrow-Lined
Puffer has a large, pillowy body that is predominately milky tan with thin
concentric banding from head to tail reminiscent of wood grain. Smoky black accents
border its drooping paddle-like caudal fin, while the iridescent eyes are
outlined by a caramel-gold ring. The Narrow-Lined Puffer is an exceptional fish
sure to make an endearing addition for puffer enthusiasts or anyone wanting
personality in their larger, fish-only or fish-only-with-live-rock marine
Members of genus Arothron, including the Narrow-Lined
Puffer, are sometimes called "Fat Puffers" and exemplify the typical
puffer design. Though lacking pelvic fins and a hydrodynamic body shape,
puffers are extremely maneuverable and are tenacious and capable predators.
Like many "Fat Puffers," the Narrow-Lined Puffer displays an unusual
degree of "intelligence" and "personality" and appear to
quickly recognize their owners.
In the wild, the Narrow-Lined Puffer inhabits a wide
range of habitats including mangrove swamps, sea grass beds and reef flats. The
ideal setup should be an established aquarium 125 gallons or larger with good
filtration and a protein skimmer. Aquascape liberally with live rock and other
materials to create an environment rich with nooks and crannies, caves and
overhangs while preserving easy access to large open areas. House with fish of
similar size and temperament and be aware that the Narrow-Lined Puffer will eat
invertebrates found in the aquarium using its fused beak-like teeth to crush
open its prey.
The diet of the Narrow-Lined Puffer should include a
variety of meaty food including squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to
help wear down their ever growing teeth.