Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

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Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by JLight » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:05 am

Hello,

I have a 1700 litre aquarium, with 1350 litres of it being available to my fish (the rest of the volume is the sump system). I also have an additional 375 litres aquarium being plumped in in series in the next month to increase the overall volume upping the tank to 2000 litres total. The dimensions of the tank available to my fish is 11.5 feet long, 20" wide and 30" tall.

I was wondering if anyone could advise me if this tank is suitable for an Mbu puffer for life? It would be awful to have to re-home one if he was to outgrow my tank. My concern is the width being only 20". I was hoping the length and height would make up for it but wanted to see what people had to say!

I would consider a Fahaka puffer due to the smaller size but I believe that may not end well for my other fish!

Thank you!

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Re: Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:10 am

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Considering your tank is only 20" wide & a mbu can grow to 36", there'd be no way for it to turn around in there. Fahaka would be much happier in this tank.
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Re: Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by JLight » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:14 pm

Thanks for replying. Yeah, an Mbu really wouldn't be happy long term. I probably should have realised that myself but seeing the size differences written out like that puts it into perspective better! I will look into other species that can work. From what I've gathered a Fahaka will probably kill tank mates. Perhaps a group of South American puffers would fit into the community better. I'll have to research the species!

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C papuan
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Re: Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:30 pm

I didn't realize there were tank mates. You are correct about that. I don't recommend SAPs in a large tank, because there is too much competition for food & they need snails for 90% of their diet. What about Spotted Congos? They have just made their way back into the aquarium market recently.
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Re: Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by hadla » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:16 pm

Geez 11.5 feet long o.o
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Re: Is my tank big enough for keeping an Mbu for life?

Post by JLight » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:22 pm

Hi Pufferpunk, I'm really sorry I hadn't replied, I actually hadn't realised they're had been another message. Thank you for the suggestion, my LFS does have a Tetraodon schoutedeni in at the moment if that is the spotted Congo puffer you were referring too. I will have to look into this species a little more but it does seem a lot more appropriate! Advice taken about the SAPs, I won't go for them.
Hi hadla, yeah it is pretty long! Although, to be honest I think I'd happily sacrifice some of the length to make it wider front to back!

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