MBU Puffer Aka Giant Puffer (Tetraodon MBU)

MBU Giant Freshwater Puffer (Fish Guide To Tetraodon)

MBU Puffer Aka Giant Puffer (Tetraodon MBU)

MBU Puffer Aka Giant Puffer (Tetraodon MBU)

Pufferfish are widely known for their ability to recognize and interact with their keeper, even moreso than bettas. The giant puffer takes that ability to a whole different level and raising this fish is the closest thing in the aquarium hobby to keeping a dog. When describing the characters of most species of fish, it is easy to generalize; corydoras are playful, mbunas are aggressive, harchetfish are skittish, etc. However, it is impossible to nail down the personality of the giant puffer exactly. It really depends on the individual fish. Some can be tolerant of other species of fish while others will attack anything you put in with them and chew up the plants for good measure. However, no matter how aggressive or shy an individual mbu puffer is, they reportedly all seem to develop a rapport with their caregiver. As their common name implies, giant puffers grow big. They also grow fast! You may be able to keep a young puffer in a smaller tank for a short period, but in no time at all it will require a 2,000 liter/ 500 gallon tank for a single specimen with no tankmates. It is best not to attemp to keep 2 mbus together unless you can house them in a tank about 4 times that size and they are not the same gender…. which is a very tricky detail to figure out. Mbu males and females look exactly alike externally. If you have a large enough tank to give them tankmates, make sure that are fast enough to avoid the puffer. You also have to be sure you are not too attached to these fish. Even the gentlest giant puffer might accidently take a chuck out of a tankmate while feeding. Giant Puffers are a hundred percent freshwater. Do not attempt to keep them in brackish water!
Origin: Central Africa and Lake Tanganyika
Size: up to 75cm /30 inches is possible. Usually to only 60cm/ 24inches in captivity.
Temperature: 24-26°C and 75-79°F
Diet: Snails, crab legs, clams, prawn, worms… in the case of food items with hard shells, feed the whole thing to the puffer. The shells are necessary to grind the teeth down.
Habitat: Have a sandy substrate with a few slooth stones as resting places in their tank. Driftwood can also be used but this fish like a lot of open space for swimming. You can try plants in the tank, but like tankmates they may get accidently or purposely chewed up.
Breeding: Puffers are generally eggs scatterers. Amazonas magazine had an interesting article on breeding puffers in their most recent issue. However, the giant puffer has not yet been bred in captivity. Given how violent smaller puffers are with their mate during breading, an enormous amount of space is likely needed to spawn the giant puffer.


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