Orinoco piranha - Pygocentrus cariba
Scientific name: Pygocentrus cariba
Common name: Orinoco piranha
Usual size in fish tanks: 24 - 28 cm (9.45 - 11.02 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 20°N (107.14 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
A very easy fish to feed, Orinoco piranha will accept quality flakes or pellets but needs a varied diet. Alternate the meals with shrimps, prawns, mussels, earth worms, even prepared dog foods.
South America; Orinoco piranhas are found in the Orinoco River Basins.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet, there are no reported cases of the fish breeding in the aquarium.
In the wild it is believed that Pygocentrus cariba can live for up to 15 years, in the aquarium their life span will be shorter.
To keep Pygocentrus cariba happy, they will need at least 15 gallons of water per specimen. To keep a group, a tank of 100 gallons will be required. Always treat these fish with respect, they are very fast movers and will soon attack your hand if placed in the tank.
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