Banded Puffer (Colomesus psittacus)

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Banded Puffer

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Banded Puffer

Colomesus psittacus

379 Litres (100 US G.)

25.4-30.5cm (10-12 ")


7.0 - 8.3

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-15 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Banded Puffer, Parrot Puffer

Additional scientific names

Tetrodon psittacus


Found in the Western Atlantic from the Gulf of Paria to the Amazon River in Brazil.


It is not possible to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Is most often found alone or in groups of 2-3 of their own kind, never larger groups. A generally peaceful puffer.


Feeds mainly on molluscs.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Needs a very large and matured tank.


A generally peaceful puffer.


Often confused with the closely related Amazon Puffer, which it arrives in mixed shipments of. The Amazon Puffer is pure freshwater, while the Banded Puffer is brackish. The Amazon Puffer has more irregular banding, while the Banded Puffer has more consistent banding. The most reliable way is that the Banded Puffer has a broken band on the caudal peduncle which is continuous on the Amazon Puffer.


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