Nile Puffer
Alternative Name(s): Fahaka Pufferfish, Globe Fish, Lineatus Puffer
Scientific Name(s): Tetraodon lineatus
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 43cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 450 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 48" x 24" x 24"
Water Temperature Range: 24-28°C
Water pH Range: 6.5-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 5-15 dGH

General Information: The Nile Puffer is a tropical freshwater pufferfish found in the river Nile and African basins. These fish have a wonderful personality and its very easy to form a bond with them.
Tank Requirements: This fish requires a large tank due to its potential maximum size of 43cm. It also needs its max length and a little more to turn successfully in a tank.
Diet Requirements: Snails, shellfish with shell on (prawns, crab legs, mussels etc), fresh or frozen bloodworm, earthworm.
Compatibility: Best housed alone as it is a very aggressive fish and any tankmates would need to be large and fast to avoid damage.
Recommendations: Recommend sand substrate to mimic the natural environment. These fish require a commitment as they can live for many years and due to their requirements can cost a lot of money to keep successfully.
Common Problems: Not giving enough food with shells, e.g. cockles to grind the teeth down leads to them growing through the lower mouth requiring a Vet's intervention.
Similar Species: Other fresh water puffers.
Breeding: Cannot be bred in the aquarium unless it is extremely large due to the aggressive response to fish of the same species. Breeding has been achieved in the right circumstances.
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