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Freshwater barracuda



Picture of Freshwater barracuda, Acestrorhynchus falcirostris

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics © Sean Evans

Common name:Freshwater barracuda
Scientific name:Acestrorhynchus falcirostris
Synonyms:(none)
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.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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.
Comments: A similar species, Acestrorhynchus falcatus is often imported.

 

 

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