12 May PIRANHA – Serrasalminae and Pygocentrus – facts info
Name and family:
The Piranha’s scientific name is Serrasalminae or Pygocentrus. The Piranha are also known as Pirai, Pygocentrus Nattereri, Pygocentrus Caribe, Red Bellied Piranha, Redbelly, Red Berried Piranha, Red Piranha, Common Piranha, Natterer Piranha, Piraya. It is a freshwater fish belonging to the Characidae family and comes from South America as the Amazon River and the Guiana Rivers.
Feature and behavior:
Community fish, in nature live in sheep weighing more than 100, and in theory it should coexist with 4/5 specimens in the aquarium, it is advisable to keep the ratio of 100 liters per each specimen. The only compatible fish are other species of herbivorous Pirana or Arowana or black bass, of course in very large aquariums.
It does not attack man except for defense when he feels threatened.
Sexual dimorphism and breeding:
There is no difference between male and female, you can see only in reproduction, is an oviparous fish, so the fecondation is external.
Feeding and maintenance:
Happiness but mainly carnivore. The piranhas are voracious predators with very appetite and they feed on aquatic invertebrates, small fish such as guppy, amphibians, pieces of carcasses of dead animals in the water. Although he loves beef, liver heart, it is advised not to administer them for the likelihood of bacterial presence. It is therefore recommended to dry in the form of granules or stick. If there are plants in the aquarium you will most likely see them slowly disappearing.