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Midnight Arothron Puffer

The Midnight Arothron Puffer or Arothron sp. is just one of the over 100 different species of Puffer Fish in the world. This version is dark black in color, which makes it quite unique, and extremely hard to find. As with all other Puffer Fish, this species doesn't have any pelvic fins, but instead uses its pectoral fins to swim. This makes the Midnight Arothron and other Puffers quite the sight to be seen in an aquarium, or while scuba diving.  You can check them out in action in the video below.


The Midnight Arothron Puffer has the ability to blow up its body to over twice its size, which makes for a fantastic deterrent. Not to mention the fact that when these saltwater fish are inflated they have spines that stick out of their bodies. If that weren't enough, parts of this fish's flesh are poisonous so most fish learn, sometimes the hard way, not to mess with the Midnight Arothron Pufferfish.

Also known simply as the Black Puffer, this fish can grow to just over 12" in length. Like other Puffers these fish have a sharp beak-like mouth that it uses to crush and eat its prey. All of these strange characteristics makes the Midnight Arothron Puffer a great addition to a saltwater aquarium. One at least 100 gallon is recommended with the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. One thing to note about this Puffer and all other species of Puffer Fish in an aquarium is that if the Puffer inflates itself outside of water it can harm or even kill the fish, so always use a container to transfer this fish when cleaning your tank. They should be fed a variety of food to satisfy its carnivorous diet including krill, clams, squid and hard shelled shrimp. These hard shells are needed to wear down this fish's ever growing teeth. These fish also like to have a well lite aquarium and a protein skimmer.

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