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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Red Pacu

Picture of Red Pacu
Common nameRed Pacu, Red-bellied pacu, Pirapitinga
Scientific namePiaractus brachypomus
SynonymsColossoma brachypomus (not valid)
SizeUp to 35" (88cm)
OriginSouth America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Tank setupA very large tank, of more than 300 gallons.
CompatibilityUsually fairly peaceful for its size, other 'tankbuster' fish can be kept.
Temperature22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistryAcidic to neutral pH (5.5-7.0), but not critical
FeedingOmnivore, will eat most larger foods.
SexingUnknown
BreedingUnlikely in aquaria
CommentsThis 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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