Common Name(s)
Payara, Vampire Tetra, Sabretooth Tetra, Vampire Fish
Scientific Name
Hydrolycus scomberoides
Family
Cynodontidae
Origin
South America
Temperament
Peaceful with fish too large to be eaten.
Maximum Size
30 inches
Minimum Tank Size
500 US Gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a fine gravel or sandy substrate and arrange the aquarium to resemble a river. Driftwood can be added, but make sure there is plenty of open swimming space. They need good filtration.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
They will accept meaty foods such as silversides and shrimp. It may take some time to wean them onto dead foods since they are piscivorous in the wild.
Breeding
They haven't been bred in captivity.
Compatibility
They are best kept alone or with non-aggressive fish of a similar size. They can also be kept in groups of 3+.
Ease of Keeping
Challenging
Care
pH: 6.0-8.0, Temperature: 75.2-82.4 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 5-12 years.
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