Common Name(s)
Red-bellied Piranha
Scientific Name
Pygocentrus nattereri
Family
Characidae, Subfamily: Serrasalminae
Origin
South America
Temperament
Aggressive
Maximum Size
12 inches
Minimum Tank Size
150 US Gallons
Tank Setup
They produce a lot of waste, so they require very good filtration.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
Feed meaty foods such as prawns, mussels, earthworms, squid etc.
Breeding
They are substrate spawners. The fry hatch after 2-3 days and become free swimming by day 5.
Compatibility
They are best kept alone, but they can be kept in groups of 5+.
Ease of Keeping
Moderate
Care
pH: 5.5-7.5, Temperature: 75.2-82.4 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 5-10 years.
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