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Red Pacu



Picture of Red Pacu

Common name:Red Pacu, Red-bellied pacu, Pirapitinga
Scientific name:Piaractus brachypomus
Synonyms:Colossoma brachypomus (not valid)
Size:Up to 35" (88cm)
Origin:South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Tank setup:A very large tank, of more than 300 gallons (1360 L).
Compatibility:Usually fairly peaceful for its size, other 'tankbuster' fish can be kept.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistry:Acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0), but not critical.
Feeding:Omnivore, will eat most larger foods.
Sexing:Unknown
Breeding:Unlikely in aquaria.
Comments: This species is quite commonly found for sale as small juveniles, but can only be accommodated long-term in the largest of home aquaria. Do not be tempted to purchase this fish unless you can provide for its needs as an adult - fish stores will not be keen to take in semi-adult fish, and public aquaria are frequently inundated with requests to house unwanted Pacu.
These fish may be mis-labelled as Red-bellied piranha, and vice versa, as the juveniles are similar but can be distinguished by the jaw shape in particular.

 

 

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