Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max. Size: Up to 4"
Saddle Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini)
The Saddle Valentini Puffer, otherwise known as the Blacksaddled Toby, the Saddled Toby, the Black Saddle Pufferfish, and the Valentinit Toby, is a iridescent colored fish with bold, dark brown bands that wrap around its dorsal and midsection. It is spotted with orange-brown dots across its lower half and it has blue stripes across its back. Its fins are yellow in color, and like most (if not all) pufferfish, it lacks pelvic fins.
The best housing option for the Saddle Valentini Puffer would be a 30 gallon tank or larger. These fish can be kept in reef aquariums but with caution. Their beak-like mouths are rather strong and can be used for crushing and eating some invertebrates. Do note that parts of the Saddle Valentini Puffer’s skin is poisonous and Pufferfish are known for puffing as a defense mechanism and can inflate twice their normal size when feeling scared or threatened. When transferring Puffers, it is best to use containers versus nets.
The diet of the Saddle Valentini Puffer should include: krill, squid, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to soften their teeth.