The Saddle Valentini Puffer is also known as Valentini's Sharpnose Puffer , Valentini Puffer, Black Saddle Puffer fish, Black saddled Toby, Valentini Toby, or Saddled Toby. The Saddle Valentini Puffer is often thought of as a very cute Puffer. These puffers are white with brown saddel bands which resemble dripping paint and many small spots. Their eyes are bright and inquisitive in nature. It has four distinct black stripes (saddles) on its back. The tail and fins show hints of yellow .The Saddle Valentini Puffer will do well in a fish-only aquarium. And only one per tank is advisable. A 20 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is suitable. It will fight with conspecifics such as the filefish, large finned fish, and other tobies.
The Saddle Valentini Puffer is a venomous fish and it is not fit for consumption. If ingested, medical attention is immediately required. It is a hardy fish. The Saddle Valentini Puffer needs medium maintenance. It needs an acclimation time of 3+ hours.
The Saddle Valentini Puffer is a nocturnal hunter by nature. The Saddle Valentini Puffer has the ability to inflate itself to twice its original size, in order to protect itself from predators. And when subjected to stress too, it would exhibit the same process. The Saddle Valentini Puffer has the ability to injest water into the ventral portion of their body causing them to blow up . It is not advisable to use a net when handling this fish. Because, it becomes alarmed when netted. The Saddle Valentini Puffer is a hardy fish. And it may act semi-aggressively with other fish. It uses the pectoral fins to move around the aquarium as it lacks pelvic fins. The Saddle Valentini Puffer will eat the invertebrates found in a reef tank. These fish also have incredibly strong plated mouth structures. They can crush even the toughest shells.
Maximum Size: The Saddle Valentini Puffer grows up to 5 inches
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 2 to 3 inches; the large generally 3 to 4 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Saddle Valentini Puffer prefers a tank of at least 20 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: Range: Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga
Feeding and Diet: The Saddle Valentini Puffer is an omnivore and likes to eat variety of chopped meats (fish, scallop, shrimp, squid, clam). And it feeds mainly on algae.