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The Fahaka Puffer (Tetraodon fahaka), also known as the Nile Puffer or Band Puffer, is a fascinating and formidable species that brings a dynamic presence to any large aquarium. Here is some detailed information about this intriguing fish:


Average Size: Typically grows to around 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) in length.


Lifespan: Can live up to 10-20 years with proper care.



  • Known for its large size, distinctive banded pattern, and vibrant colors ranging from yellow to green with dark horizontal stripes.
  • Exhibits a robust, torpedo-shaped body and a powerful beak-like mouth used for cracking shells of prey.
  • Has a unique ability to inflate its body when threatened.



  • Native to the freshwater rivers and lakes of the Nile Basin and West Africa.



  • Generally solitary and territorial, often aggressive towards other tankmates.
  • Best kept in a species-only tank due to its aggressive nature and predatory instincts.


Tank Size:

  • Requires a tank of at least 125 gallons, with plenty of space to swim and explore.


Care Level:

  • Challenging. Requires an experienced aquarist due to its size, dietary needs, and specific care requirements.



  • Carnivorous. Requires a diet of hard-shelled foods to wear down its constantly growing teeth, including snails, clams, shrimp, and crabs. Can also be fed frozen or live fish, and other meaty foods.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 7.0-8.0
  • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
  • Hardness: 10-20 dGH



  • Provide a well-structured tank with caves and hiding spots made from rocks and driftwood.
  • Maintain excellent water quality with powerful filtration and regular water changes to manage the bioload of this large predator.
  • Regular dental care may be necessary to prevent overgrowth of teeth.


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values or specific care requirements, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Fahaka Puffer

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