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The Dwarf Pea Puffer is growing in popularity in the aquarium hobby. They are a freshwater species of puffer found in slow moving & densely vegetated streams. This species is a shoaling species and are found in large groups in the wild. Growing to a maximum of 2.5cm, this dwarf species is known to be territorial and be highly interactive. 

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Features of Dwarf Pea Puffer:

  • Large eyes in comparison to body size
  • Pointed beak made from keratin to crush snails
  • Small rounded body growing to 2.5cm
  • Mature males are brighter in colour than females
  • Sexing is only possible once fully mature


The Best Aquarium Size for Dwarf Pea Puffers:

Dwarf Pea Puffers are active swimmers within all water columns of the aquarium. Minimum tanks size is 20 Litres, and if you wish to keep more than one fish, add an additional 20 litres per fish.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Dwarf Pea Puffers are known for territorial & fin nipping behaviours but there are some species that make suitable tank mates in the right conditions. Ensure plenty of vegetation for fish to hide in, stock the tank appropriately and ensure it is large enough and the following species can be tank mates.

Tank mates for Dwarf Pea Puffers include:

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Feeding :

Primarily carnivorous in nature. In the aquarium, live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia and chironomid larvae (bloodworm) should be offered regularly although most specimens will also learn to accept dried & frozen alternatives. 

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Dwarf Pea Puffer Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Dwarf Pea Puffers

Slow-moving waters would be consistent with their natural habitat. They can produce a generous amount of waste for a small fish, therefore a good filtration system is a must. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size, and keep water movement slow.

Here are some great filtration units to consider:

Plants for Dwarf Pea Puffers

Dwarf Pea Puffers natural inhabit densely vegetated water systems. It is important to provide lots of live aquarium plants to ensure the Dwarf Pea Puffer can hide and feel safe. This helps reduce territorial aggression. 

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Decorations for Dwarf Pea Puffers

Adding ornaments, driftwoods and rock add additional structure and hiding places for your Dwarf Pea Puffer to hide around.

 Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

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Lighting Dwarf Pea Puffers

Lighting can be as bright as you need for the plants to thrive, but make sure you have a lot of cover for Dwarf Pea Puffers. 8-10 hours per day replicates natural sunlight hours.

Heating for Dwarf Pea Puffers

Dwarf Pea Puffers enjoy water temperatures between 23 - 28 degrees Celsius, therefore an aquarium heater is essential. 

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Substrate Dwarf Pea Puffers

Dwarf Pea Puffers prefer a sand substrate or fine small gravel. Consider using aquasoil as a base layer under the plants if you wish to have a thriving planted aquarium.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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