10cm - 50cm
The Tetraodon mbu, commonly known as the Mbu Puffer or Giant Freshwater Pufferfish, is a large and fascinating species of freshwater pufferfish. Native to the Congo River basin in Central Africa, these puffers are known for their impressive size and distinctive appearance. Here are the key features and care requirements for Tetraodon mbu:
- Size: The Mbu Puffer is one of the largest freshwater pufferfish species, capable of reaching sizes of up to 26 inches (66 centimeters) in captivity.
- Distinctive Appearance: Mbu Puffers have a robust body with a unique, elongated snout. Their coloration can vary but often includes shades of green, yellow, and brown with dark spots.
- Temperature: Maintain a tropical environment with temperatures between 74°F to 82°F (23°C to 28°C).
- pH Levels: Aim for slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, ideally between 6.5 to 7.5.
- Water Hardness: Keep water hardness in the soft to medium range, around 5 to 15 dGH.
- Aquarium Size: Due to their large size, Mbu Puffers require a massive tank. A tank of at least several hundred gallons is recommended for a single adult.
- Decor: Provide ample hiding spots, caves, and large driftwood. Ensure there is enough open swimming space.
- Substrate: Use a soft substrate like sand to allow for natural digging behavior.
- Mbu Puffers are known for their aggressive nature and are best kept alone. They may not tolerate the presence of other tank mates.
- Mbu Puffers are carnivorous and have strong jaws. Offer a diet rich in high-quality frozen and live foods such as small fish, shrimp, and snails.
Care and Maintenance:
- Regular water changes are essential to maintain water quality in such large tanks.
- Powerful filtration is necessary to handle the waste produced by a large fish.
- Mbu Puffers are known for their intelligence and can recognize their owners.
- They may display territorial behavior, especially as they mature.
Caution:Due to their size and specific care requirements, Mbu Puffers are recommended for experienced aquarists with the means to provide an appropriate environment