Common Name(s)
Arapaima, Pirarucu
Scientific Name
Arapaima Gigas
Family
Arapaimidae
Origin
South America
Temperament
Aggressive
Maximum Size
9 feet
Minimum Tank Size
1,000+ gallons
Tank Setup
They require a very large tank or pond due to their very large size.
Tank Region
Top and middle
Diet
Carnivore
Breeding
They can not be bred in the home aquarium due to size.
Compatibility
They are predatory and will eat smaller fish.
Ease of Keeping
Very Challenging
Care
pH: 6.0-7.0, Temperature: 75-86 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 20+ years with proper care.
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