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GOLDEN PUFFER (Auriglobus silus)

GOLDEN PUFFER (Auriglobus silus)

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Common name: Golden puffer, Gold green puffer

Scientific name: Auriglobus silus (Bleeker, 1851)

Origin: Found in large freshwater rivers and streams through Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia.

Size: Around 10cm/4" but quite chunky.

Diet: According to Kottelat et al. (1993) this fish feeds predominantly on crunchy insects, seeds and shrimps. However, it has also been known to eat the fins and scales of other (live) fish as well as whole fish if it can fit them in its mouth. Chonerhinus and Auriglobus puffers commonly suffer from overgrown teeth, so ensure that you offer lots of hard foods, otherwise your fish will need expensive dental treatment.

Water: No specific data is available, but this is said to be a true freshwater species, so salt isn't required.

Aquarium: This is one of the most aggressive species of freshwater puffer, so don't even think about putting one in a community tank. Like other puffers, they tend to become less active with maturity and spend less time buzzing around the tank chasing other fish. It's best kept in a species tank, ideally on its own. Auriglobus tend to be very quarrelsome with their own species.

Availability: Members of the Auriglobus and Chonerhinus genera are pretty rare in the hobby, possibly because they are so hard to keep alongside other fish.

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