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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


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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

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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