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Tetraodon miurus - Congo PufferMagyarul / Hungarian
Tetraodon miurus - Congo PufferTetraodon miurus - Congo PufferTetraodon miurus - Congo PufferTetraodon miurus - Congo Puffer
  • Scientific name: Tetraodon miurus
  • Common name: Congo Puffer, Potato Pufferfish
  • Group: Other fishes
  • Habitat: Central Africa; In the middle and lower parts of the Congo River.
  • Size: 15 cm
  • Biotope: Found in the larger rivers
  • Social behavior: The species are very quarrelsome and waspish, and eats smaller fishes. Should be kept in species tank.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; all types of live foods; primarily fishes, mosquito larvae, earthworms and tubifex. The animas do not like snails.
  • Breeding: The species has not been bred in captivity.
  • Tank: Minimum 120 litres
  • Population: 1 fish for 120 litres
  • Decoration: They need 5-8 cm deep sandy bottom for substrate. Large rocks are appreciated as well, since the Congo puffer will often mimic them. They are quite messy fish so excellent filtration is a must.
  • Temperature: 23-28 °C
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 5-15 NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years

Description: The Congo puffer is capable of wide color changes ranging from dark browns to greenish-brown to an almost yellow or orange hue. Tail fin is normally closed while its belly being flat.

The animas bury themshelves into the ground (fine sand), camouflaging themshelves to ambush any passing prey. Only the eye and the superior mouth are exposed. The upward eyes are characteristic for this species. Pufferfish are extremly sensitive to nitrites and ammonia and should only be introduced into a fully cycled aquarium. Due to their messy eating habits, overfiltration is recommended.

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