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San Francisco piranha - Pygocentrus piraya

San Francisco piranha - Pygocentrus piraya

Scientific name: Pygocentrus piraya

Common name: San Francisco piranha

Family: Serrasalmidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 30 - 35 cm (11.81 - 13.78 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.2

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Will accept most foods, they will take quality flake and pellets but also require protein foods like shrimps, earth worms, mussels and squid.

Origin

South America, this species can only be found in the Rio Sao Francisco, Brazil.

Sexing

There are no visible differences between the sexes.

Breeding

There are no reported cases of San Francisco piranhas breeding in the aquarium.

Lifespan

It has been known for some fish from this species to live for 20 years but the average life span in the aquarium is 10 years.

Short description

When mature, it is advised to keep a solitary specimen in the tank as Pygocentrus piraya can be cannibalistic to each other. They can be kept as groups as juveniles but no longer than that. They are high waste producers and need large tanks to be happy. Regular large water changes are required along with excellent filtration. Always remember that these fish may seem timid but can inflict painful bites

Picture

Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.San Francisco piranha picture

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