African puffers are more expensive, tougher, harder to source, grow larger and live longer than the South American and Asian species. Like all puffers, they have beaks to break apart their food. If threatened, they can blow up to three times their normal size. When they get big, it takes a master aquarist to keep these fish compatible with other tank mates. All African puffers need light brackish water, but nothing that would hurt other hardy freshwater African species.
The Mbu puffer from the Congo is highly sought by collectors and is best kept in an individual pet fish tank.