Tetraodon mbu (giant pufferfish) Hamilton, 1822

*aka:  freshwater puffer, giant freshwater puffer.
T. mbu, the giant puffer (bottom right photo credit: Greg Austin)
Origin  Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi, Zaire, Lower Congo River region and Lake Tanganyika.
pH Range  7.0 - 7.3
Temp.   75.2 - 78.8F (24 - 26C)
Hardness  10 - 15dH
Salinity  freshwater
Length  to 26 inches (67 cm) 
Diet  live

The giant puffer is a large freshwater variety which lives up to its name, growing to over two feet in length.  It is a territorial fin nipper (or worse) and should be kept from other puffers.  T. mbu's diet consists of mollusks, crustaceans, and basically anything of the like it can fit its mouth around.  Unfortunately this includes other fish as well, and this puffer needs a home of its own.  As you can guess from the size of these puffs, they need plenty of room, so plan on a big tank that this giant can grow into.

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