The Fahaka Puffer, also known as the Nile Puffer or Band Puffer, comes from the lakes and rivers of Africa and can grow to a very large size. They will inhabit both freshwater and brackish waters of the river systems, but tend to do best in freshwater in the home aquarium. The Fahaka is brownish gray on the back fading to an off-white on the underbelly, with a series of lighter horizontal stripes running from the tail to the pectoral fin.
The Fahaka requires a very large aquarium, and because of their temperament, are best kept by themselves. They can become very aggressive in captivity, and caution must be exercised when choosing tank mates. Many plants and rocks should be included in the set-up providing the Puffer with plenty of hiding places.
The Fahaka has not been successfully bred in captivity and little is known about their breeding habits. It is known that, in the wild, they spawn in very deep water.
Their diet should consist mainly of crustaceans such as brine shrimp, krill, mollusks, and earthworms.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1/2″ to 1-1/4″; Medium: 1-1/4″ to 1-3/4″