Originating from Asia around the Mekong River and Delta, Bailey's puffer is quite a little character. They are also known as the Hairy puffer because of the small hair like growths (cirri) which develop over their body.
Very much a sneak predator they prefer to lurk around plants and in caves waiting to ambush any unsuspecting fish which approach too close. Although in the wild they are sometimes found in fast flowing water, in the aquarium they are usually "couch potatoes", except off course when there is food on the go.
One thing which is certain, they are not a community fish..! They will attack anything which appears in the tank, even the fingers of a careless owner, and they have very sharp powerful teeth ( Tetra Odon, Four Teeth). One specimen which we had in the shop, snatched a toothbrush which was being used to clean the crevices of the filter and proceeded to rip all the bristles out of it. We may have lost a toothbrush, but we learned respect.
Typical adult size is 12cm and they are very tolerant of water parameters. Temperature should be in the range 23º - 26ºC (74º - 80ºF) with a pH 6.0 - 7.8. However they do not appreciate any Ammonia or Nitrite and should only be kept in a fully matured tank. Considering their messy eating habits this usually means a fairly substantial filter system compared to the tank size. Generally feeding is not a problem as they will eat anything meaty, prawns, cockles, chopped whitebait and earthworms, and if available, the occasional live titbit