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Tetraodon mbu (Giant Puffer, Mbu Puffer)

The largest freshwater pufferfish. Can grow to around 60cm in aquarium conditions and therefore a fish that is not for the beginner. A large aquarium will be required with plenty of filtration.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

An amazing looking fish, but beware they do get very large. Only buy one of these fish if you know that you will be able to accomodate them as they get larger.

Diet should include bloodworm, brineshrimp, cockles, mussels and snails.

The temperament of these fish can vary although in the main they tend to be quite peaceful.

If you have the tank space this is an impressive fish to keep.

There are no reports of these fish having been bred in captivity.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Africa, Lake Tanganyika, Congo Basin
Temperature 24-27°C
Size Around 60cm
Water Parameters Will adapt to most conditions
Water PH 7.0-7.5

Useful sources of information:

To find out more about these fascinating fish the best resource currently available is the Aqualog publication, The Puffers of Fresh and Brackish Waters. To buy a copy of this book click here


Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop

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