Pea Puffers

Carinotetraodon travancoricus – also known as the pea puffer, Indian dwarf puffer, Malabar puffer, and pygmy puffer


  Pea Puffer are  the smallest pufferfish in the world and comes from fully freshwater environments in the southwestern tip of India. Growing only to one inch long. They do well in stable, tropical temperatures from 74 to 82°F, so if your room temperature is below this range or tends to fluctuate a lot, you need an aquarium heater. These hardcore carnivores are best fed on a diet of frozen foods (like frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp) and live foods (like little pest snails or blackworms). They typically will not take dry foods, but we’ve had good luck with Hikari Vibra Bites because they look and even move like bloodworms as they’re sinking.

Most larger pufferfish must be fed hard, crunchy foods to grind down their ever-growing teeth, but thankfully pea puffers don’t have this problem. Therefore, if you can’t get a hold of live snails, it’s not a dealbreaker. Just make sure to feed a wide variety of frozen foods so that they get all the essential nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life.

The small size of the pea puffer may make it seem like you can keep groups in a small tank and that is not always the case, pea puffers can be very aggressive toward each other so lots of plants or hiding places are recommended to prevent aggression. Groups of 3 or less are ideal for a 10 gallon but they can be kept by themselves with no problem. It is often recommended to not keep them in a community setting due to the chance of them nipping fins, instances of keeping otocinclus catfish with them without issues have been observed. We do not recommend keeping them with any type of shrimp.

The scientific name for the Pea Puffer is: Carinotetradon travancoricus

We recommend feeding live baby brine or other live foods such as small shrimp, daphnia, or scuds. We also feed our pea puffers a mix of frozen foods including daphnia, baby brine, cyclops, and Bloodworms. We occasionally feed them small Ramshorn, pond, and Malaysian Trumpet Snails to enhance their diet.

Our Tank Parameters

  • Ph: 7.2 to 7.5
  • Gh: 8 to 16
  • Kh: 4 to 7
  • TDS:180 to 250
  • Temp:70 to 74

Tank Recommendations

  • Leaves: Indian Almond or Guava
  • Wood:Mopani or Malaysian
  • Cones:Alder Cones

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  • Address: 990 Caplis Sligo Rd
    Bossier City, LA 71112
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