Immaculate Puffer
Immaculate Puffer

Immaculate Puffer

Arothron immaculatus

Immaculate Puffer

Common name: Immaculate puffer yellow eye puffer
Scientific name: Arothron immaculatus
Max size: 12 inches / 30 cm
pH: 8.1-8.4
Salinity: 1.020-1.025
Temperature: 72-78ºF (22°C - 26°C)

The immaculate puffer is a wonderful relatively friendly puffer. It has the typical puffer shape and a white grayish body without spots. Hence the name immaculate (whiteout spots) puffer
. It is relatively hardy and can recommend everyone that has kept marine fish for a while.

The immaculate puffer originates from that indo pacific ocean. They can be found from the red sea and the east African coast to Indonesia and Japan. They are often found in shallow water on sand or sea grass beds or in mangrove forests. Is found on depth between 0-66ft/0-20m. Most common in estuaries and sea grass beds

The immaculate puffer is one of the most friendly puffer species and can be kept with less aggressive triggers, puffers, groupers and wrasses. This species should not be kept with too small fish as they risk ending up as food. Immaculate puffer is not reef safe as they eat small invertebrates such as shrimps and snail. This species is like most puffers very effective in catching and eating snails.

Immaculate puffer care and aquarium setup:

The immaculate puffer grows quite large and you will therefore need a large aquarium if you want to keep this species. They are best kept in aquariums no smaller than 100 gallons /400 L. The aquarium should be decorated with a lot of rocks, caves and overhangs among which the puffer can wedge itself and hide during the day. This species is very suitable for a "fish only with live rock" but they can be kept in a "fish only" setup as well. Avoid keeping them in reef setups as they aren't reef safe. If you want to you can use anemones and corals in the aquarium as the puffer usually don't hurt them. Use sand as bottom substrate. The immaculate puffer likes a well circulated well lit aquarium but want to have shaded place to hide in. Decreasing the amount of light to the tank can make the puffer more active. (don't do this if you keep corals or anemones.

Ideal conditions for the immaculate puffer is pH 8.1-8.4, salinity  1.020-1.025 and temperature 72-78ºF (22°C - 26°C)

Feeding Immaculate puffer

The immaculate pufferfish is a carnivore and easy to feed. This species willingly accept most types of chopped up sea food like shrimps, clams and mussels. It is important to provide them with a varied high protein diet. This species can sometimes be trained to accept pellets. Feed 2-3 times a day. In the wild they feed mainly on benthic invertebrates.

Breeding Immaculate puffer

Not much is know about breeding the immaculate puffer. Sexing Immaculate puffer is hard but females are usually rounder then males. If you want to try and breed this species you likely need a very large aquarium.

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