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Pinche piranha - Serrasalmus eigenmanni

Pinche piranha - Serrasalmus eigenmanni

Scientific name: Serrasalmus eigenmanni

Common name: Pinche piranha

Family: Serrasalmidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 17 - 19 cm (6.69 - 7.48 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 16°N (125 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 27 °C (69.8 - 80.6°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: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Pinche piranhas will accept all foods offered. Be careful not to overfeed as these are voracious eaters. Use quality flake or pellets with the addition of blood worms as treats. They also have a great liking for chopped fruit.


South America; Pinche piranhas are to be found in the Amazonian River Basins.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Serrasalmus eigenmanni breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Serrasalmus eigenmanni is 8-10 years.

Short description

Pinche piranhas need to be kept in at least a 75 gallon tank for two specimens. They cannot adapt to bright lighting so the addition of floating plants to subdue the lights is the answer. They can be nervous at times, especially when there is a lot of human traffic near the tank. Create some hiding places by adding rocks or wood to the tank and even though these fish are classed as hardy, they do require excellent filtration.


Bought by from piranha, picture 1 Pinche piranha, picture 2

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