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The Stars & Stripes Puffer, scientifically known as Arothron hispidus, is a charismatic and eye-catching marine fish that boasts a unique appearance and engaging personality. Recognized for its distinctive pattern resembling stars and stripes, this puffer adds flair and charm to saltwater aquariums.



  • Average Size: 6-10 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 17 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 125 gallons or larger


Temperament: The Stars & Stripes Puffer is generally peaceful but may exhibit aggression towards smaller tank mates. It is essential to provide ample hiding spots and ensure compatibility with other non-aggressive, appropriately sized fish.


Unique Traits: Named for its patriotic pattern, the Stars & Stripes Puffer showcases a distinctive blend of stars and stripes on its body. Its large, expressive eyes and engaging personality make it a captivating addition to marine aquariums.


Origin: Native to the Indo-Pacific region, including the waters around Hawaii, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Stars & Stripes Puffers inhabit coral reefs and sandy or rocky areas.


Other Names:

  • Stars and Stripes Toby
  • Map Puffer


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The diet of the Stars & Stripes Puffer should include a variety of meaty foods. Offer a mix of fresh or frozen seafood, such as shrimp, clams, and squid. Additionally, provide occasional treats like crab and crayfish to fulfill its nutritional needs.


Characteristics and Looks: The Stars & Stripes Puffer displays a captivating pattern with distinctive stars and stripes, creating a visually appealing appearance. Its body is robust, and it has a powerful set of jaws. The puffer's engaging behavior and inquisitive nature contribute to its popularity among aquarists.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 74-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Stars & Stripes Puffer

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