Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Freshwater barracuda|
|Scientific name:||Acestrorhynchus falcirostris|
|Size:||Can attain 16" (40cm), but likely to remain smaller than this in aquaria.|
|Origin:||S. America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins|
|Tank setup:||Large tank with plenty of open swimming space and some planted cover.|
|Compatibility:||Predatory, but not aggressive.|
|Water chemistry:||Around neutral pH, soft to slightly hard water.|
|Feeding:||Carnivorous: feed fish, worms etc. May be difficult to train this species to accept 'dead' meaty foods.|
|Sexing:||Females thought to be heavier-bodied.|
|Breeding:||Rare in aquaria. A temperature of around 27oC (80oF) and two males per female is recommended.
A large number of eggs are laid which hatch in about a day.|
A similar species, Acestrorhynchus falcatus is often imported.