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Fruit-Eating Piranha Pygopristis denticulatus
Category: Predatory - Piranhas
Price: £79.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 1 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Difficult
Schooling Fish: Yes
This is the rarer red form from Venezuela.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Pygopristis denticulatus (Fruit-Eating Piranha)
A medium-sized piranha with a rounded body form that becomes increasingly disc-like as it matures. Juveniles have weak vertical banding on the flanks, but the adults are largely silver. The pectoral fins are orange as is the leading edge of the anal fin. The caudal peduncle and the leading edge of the tail fin are distinctly dark grey to black. Otherwise the fish is mostly silver.
A superb piranha for the aquarist looking for something a bit different.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Wild fish feed principally on fruits, seeds, and to some degree the fins and scales of larger fish. Bird seeds and dried fruit can be used as food for captive specimens, along with frozen bloodworms, tinned peas, flake and pellets. Chopped seafood and whitebait can also be used.
In the aquarium they are best kept as a group in their own tank or alongside other large, omnivorous characins such as Metynnis spp.
Large specimens can and will eat very small tankmates, so they are not good community fish in the general sense, despite their relatively placid, easy-going nature.
Basic care is similar to other large characins: good water quality, lots of swimming space, and ideally real or plastic plants to provide some shade.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: Amazon river system, particularly the Rio Negro|
|Size||Up to 20 cm in the wild; likely a bit smaller in captivity|
|Water Parameters||Soft and slightly acidic water recommended|