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Red-Bellied Piranha Red Piranha Pygocentrus nattereri

Category: Predatory - Piranhas

Size: 8-10cm

Price: £72.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 1 in stock

Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Sociability: Aggressive

Care Level: Difficult

Schooling Fish: No

Beautiful and feisty wild caught red belly!

Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 8-10cm

Pygocentrus nattereri (Red-Bellied Piranha, Red Piranha)

One of the most popular piranhas in the hobby, combining moderate size with good colours. It has a distinctive pug-like face with a protruding lower jaw, and an expansive red region running from the lower jaw across the lower part of the cheeks and onto the throat. Body colour is variable but typically dark but metallic grey. Juvenile fish have very red anal fins and a scattering of black spots across their bright silver bodies.

Compared with the standard red-bellied piranha, Pygocentrus nattereri ‘Super Red’ has a stronger pattern of dark spots on the flanks and the red colouration extends further across the face and belly. It gets to about 30 cm in captivity. A widespread and adaptable species, the ‘Super Red’ is a good piranha for the home aquarium, particularly when kept in a reasonably large group of no less than four specimens and preferably at least six specimens.

Because this species has very strong jaws and exceptionally sharp teeth, it must always be handled with extreme care. Aquarium specimens have been reported to bite aquarists.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Can be kept either singly or in groups of six or more. Smaller groups than six are rarely stable, with the dominant fish attacking the weaker until only one remains. Wild fish are solitary, so there isn't any overwhelming need to keep them in groups.

Red-bellied piranhas are shy and skittish. They need tanks with subdued lighting, ideally by providing the tank with lots of floating plants. In the wild adults feed mostly at dawn and dusk. Food items can include chunky seafood and small frozen fish such as whitebait and lancefish.

Has been bred in captivity. Courtship is a vigourous affair with much chasing and sometimes biting. Once the eggs are laid in the nest, the female may guard the nest with the male for a short while but is quickly chased away. The male guards the eggs alone until they hatch. Broods contain several hundred eggs. Initially the fry will eat brine shrimp nauplii.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: widely distributed, including the Amazon and Paraguay river systems
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Over 25 cm in the wild, usually smaller in captivity
Water Parameters Adaptable, but prefers slightly soft and acidic conditions
Water PH 6.0-7.5