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Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster Valentini)

 
The Valentini Puffer, also known as the Black Saddle Puffer, Blacksaddled Toby, Valentini Toby, or Saddled Toby is a small puffer that grows to no more than 4". Though it is known to eat invertebrates this puffer is considered by some as "reef-safe with caution". It is a good community fish that houses well with unaggressive tankmates.


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A great little fish that will become a pet featured

Comments The Valentini puffer is not exactly what you call reef-safe, in that it may eat snails, shrimp, hermit crabs, and perhaps may wear down its teeth on your small polyp stony corals. However, it may not. There is a growing consensus that, if well cared for, it will not. Especially in a tank containing only soft corals.

I kept one for a about a year and it did not bother my corals, did not eat the coral banded shrimp it shared the tank with, and did not pick on the sea star, nor did it eat the crabs or snails. In fact, the coral banded shrimp was more of a menace in that tank than the puffer.

The above is meant as a caution.

If you decide to keep this fish, in a reef or in a fish only tank you will find that it is a great community fish that is not aggressive toward tankmates.

It only grows 3" - 4" and is not a big swimmer so CAN be housed in a 30 gallon tank. However, I don't recommend this unless you have powerful filtration. Though it is small the Valentini has the same eating habits of larger puffers. This means they are messy eaters, taking bites of their food and letting the rest fall from their mouths. They go after the larger chunks but leave smaller pieces alone. These feeding habits also include the need for hard shelled foods to wear down their teeth. Krill does not seem to be enough but clams on the half-shell as the puffer tries to get the meat off the shell its teeth grind against the shell. If the puffer doesn't get enough hard stuff to grind its teeth down they will continue to grow and eventually interfere with eating. The teeth can be trimmed manually.

Puffers are among the more intelligent fish and will quickly come to recognize their owners acting more like a pet. However, if you decide to hand feed them remember that they do have teeth. They may accidentally nip the hand that feeds them.

All in all this is one of my favorite fish too keep and it gives puffer lovers with small tanks the chance to keep one.


Liked about it 1. Beautiful colors
2. Intelligent fish with interesting behavior and swimming
3. Very hardy
4. Non-aggressive


Didn't like 1. Require specialized food
2. Messy eater
3. Considered not reef-safe (rules may be changing on this)


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By tcamos
Jul 03, 2010
 
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The Valentini

Comments I kept a Valentini for about 5 mos. He was a very active fish, and always got along with his tank mates. He does like to go after anything in a shell so you must watch him carefully. After a few times of stopping him, he will disregard them as food. I kept other shells in the tank so that he would use those. He did not eat any corals nor nip at them.


Liked about it He is a slow swimmer and becomes a favorite rather quickly. He is curious and if something is different he will let you know it. I once put in a tiny star I had gotten from LFS and he knew it was in the tank and ate part of it before I could stop him. He ate algae and brine shrimp and he is somewhat a messy eater but then what he dropped the Goby ate.


Didn't like 1. Curiosity killed the cat, as it did my puffer.
2. Eats crustaceons


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By mls3372002
Jan 24, 2011
 
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Amazing fish

Comments I am absolutely loving this fish I was a bit nervy when buying it as I had snails cleaner shrimp and peppermint shrimp but the valentini as shown no interest in them at all the only thing he has eaten that was already in my tank was the aiptaisa :)! I had him hand feeding in the first couple of days and although he has a habit of biting my finger while I'm doing so I love the fact that he is happy to do so. I did get a bit of a scare when I came down the first few times and found him asleep as he sleeps with his belly on a vertical peace of rock with his eyes open not that this is a bad thing. he is very active and interesting as is constantly swimming round my tank blowing into the holes on the liver rock to see what comes out and nipping at them (possibly eating algae as there is nothing visible there). I would make sure that if you have a tube for water draining to your sump make it too small for this puffer or put something over it though as my puffer loves paring down the pipe leading to my sump but luckily is too big to fit down. I would highly recommend one to anyone.


Liked about it very interesting to watch
eats Aiptasia
love hand feeding him


Didn't like Nothing yet


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By woody390
Dec 28, 2012
 
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