Duboisi Puffer (Tetraodon duboisi)


One of the rarest freshwater pufferfish seen in the aquarium hobby, the Duboisi or Malebo Puffer is known only from the lower Congo River basin around Stanley or Malebo Pool, along the border of the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This border region remains an extremely dangerous area for collecting and transporting fish which has contributed to their rarity in the trade. In the wild, they inhabit similar habitat to the Mbu Puffer, although with a much smaller adult size of only around 4″ this puffer makes a much more manageable aquarium fish in the long term. In the aquarium, they will do best as a solitary fish or with smaller, fast moving tankmates (which may still be at risk of predation). This species requires excellent water quality and prefers at least moderate current and well-oxygenated water.


Duboisi Puffer (Tetraodon duboisi)

Origin: Central Africa
Malebo/Stanley Pool
Diet: Carnivore, feeding on mollusks, worms, and frozen foods
Adult Size: 4″+
Recommended Tank Size: 30 Gallons
Compatibility: As with most pufferfish, they may nip at or eat other fish so tankmates (if any) should be chosen carefully

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.0 – 8.0
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm