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Tetraodon lineatus (fahaka puffer) Linnaeus, 1758


*aka: Nile puffer, Band puffer, globe fish, butterfly coral fish, [invalid synonyms: Tetraodon lineatus lineatus, Tetraodon lineatum , Crayracion fahaca, Tetraodon fahaka,   Tetraodon fahaka fahaka,  Tetraodon physa, Tetraodon fahaka strigosus, Tetraodon lineatus strigosus,  Tetrodon strigosus, Tetraodon fahaka, Tetraodon lineatus rudolfianus]
 
T. lineatus, the fahaka puffer
Origin  Chad basin, Niger, Volta, Gambia, Geba and Sénégal Rivers. 
pH Range  7.0
Temp.   75 - 78.8F (24 - 26C)
Hardness  10 - 12dH
Salinity  fresh to brackish
Length  to 17 inches (43 cm) 
Diet  live, frozen


T. lineatus is a popular aquarium puffer, despite its highly aggressive nature.  It grows to a good size, and has a hearty appetite (as anyone who has tried to keep it with other fish knows).  This is mind, the fahaka is best kept alone in your aquarium. Its natural habitat is open water and vegetative fringes, where it generally feeds on mollusks.  It will feed on other fish if it is able to catch them.
 
 

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