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Fahaka Puffer

The Fahaka Puffer

Tetraodon lineatus

 

Native Location: Egypt, Sudan, Senegal, Ghana, Chad, Sierra Leone.

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 40cm

Temperament: Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Breeding: Difficult

Temperature Range: 24-26℃ (75-79℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.5-7.5

Minimum Aquarium Size 450L (120cmX60cmX60cm)

Potential Tankmates: There are none!

Care Level: Moderate

 

The Fahaka puffer, known for its vibrant and striking appearance, features a body adorned with bold, alternating stripes of golden yellow and dark brown. Its large, expressive eyes and powerful, beak-like teeth are prominent features. In their natural habitat, Fahaka puffers inhabit the slow-moving rivers and freshwater lakes of Africa, particularly the Nile, Niger, Volta, and Chad basins. They are often found in sandy or muddy substrates decorated with rocks and submerged wood, providing cover and hunting grounds. While aquatic plants are less common in their native environment, patches of vegetation can occasionally be found, offering additional shelter and foraging opportunities.

 

Creating an ideal home aquarium for a Fahaka puffer requires careful attention to its specific needs and solitary nature. The size of the tank, at least 450L, is crucial to accommodate its active and territorial behaviour. Use a sandy or fine gravel substrate to mimic its natural environment and support its foraging habits. Decorate the tank with rocks, driftwood, and sturdy aquatic plants like Anubias or Java fern, providing ample hiding spots and visual interest. Given the Fahaka puffer's aggressive and predatory nature, it must be kept alone, as it will not tolerate any tank mates. Ensuring plenty of space and enrichment will help maintain a healthy and stress-free environment for this unique and captivating species.

 

The Fahaka puffer is a voracious carnivore in the wild, primarily feeding on a diet of crustaceans, molluscs, and other hard-shelled invertebrates, which it skillfully cracks open with its powerful beak-like teeth. To recreate this natural diet in a home aquarium, provide a variety of meaty foods such as snails, crabs, shrimp, and clams. These meet its nutritional needs and help wear down its continuously growing teeth. Occasionally offering frozen or live foods, like bloodworms, can add variety and stimulate the puffer's hunting instincts. Ensuring a diverse and appropriate diet is crucial for maintaining the health and dental well-being of the Fahaka puffer in an aquarium setting.

 

Breeding Fahaka puffers in a home aquarium is virtually impossible due to several significant challenges. These fish require particular environmental conditions and ample space, often only replicable in the wild. Additionally, Fahaka puffers are highly aggressive and territorial, making it challenging to pair them without conflict, which can lead to injury or death. Their complex mating behaviours and the need for precise triggers, such as seasonal changes or specific water conditions, are challenging to recreate in the home aquarium. Furthermore, even if breeding were successful, the delicate nature of the eggs and fry would demand meticulous care and conditions that are exceptionally challenging to maintain in a home aquarium setting.

 

 

 

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page, and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels) via a dated image. Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or "disasters", i.e. a heater overheating. To prevent such situations, we recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.

 

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