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Tetraodon mbu
Giant fresh water puffer
Boulenger, 1899

Tetraodon mbu - Giant fresh water puffer  - The mbu puffer can reach 2 feet long! Not an ideal home aquarium species
The mbu puffer can reach 2 feet long! Not an ideal home aquarium species
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(Other members of the genus Tetraodon)

ADULT SIZE: 50 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Tetraodon mbu predominantly live foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Congo (Rep.), Tanzania, Burundi, Lake Tanganyika, Zambia

AQUARIUM CARE: The mbu pufferfish has a wide distribution across Africa, where it inhabits larger lakes and rivers. This large fish needs a meaty diet, like most puffers: prawns, mussels, earthworms and the like are eaten with relish The temperament of the mbu puffer can vary, but in general it is best to keep them in a species tank in case they attack tankmates. Another species probably best left to larger public aquaria.

BREEDING: Not practical in the home aquaria

Have you bred Tetraodon mbu? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Tetraodon mbu breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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