Tetraodon mbu

Common Names: Giant Puffer
Mbu Puffer
Synonyms: Tetrodon mbu
Family: Tetraodontidae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Africa; Congo River and Lake Tanganyika
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake and River
Temperament: Aggressive; Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: This is the largest species of freshwater puffer available. Like all puffers, they are sensitive to nitrites and ammonia and should only be introduced into a fully cycled aquarium. Because they are often purchased small, feeding will change as they grow. While small, feed snails, krill and commercial frozen foods. Once they pass 6" (not counting tail), feeding should expand to include people shrimp and foods from the grocery fish counter - broken off crab and lobster legs, mussels, small cla
6.8 - 7.8
24°C - 26°C
75°F - 79°F
Potential Size: Male: 67cm (26.4")
Female: 67cm (26.4")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: No sexual dimorphism
Breeding: Impractical due to large size of puffer.
Comments: This is a very large and active fish. They require a tank large enough to allow them to turn freely, which would mean a tank of around 1000 gallons size once full grown. Unless you are prepared to invest a lot of money into care and housing, this species should be avoided. If their teeth overgrow, a trim may be required to prevent the puffer from becoming unable to eat.
Main Colours: Yellow, White, Brown
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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