Red Belly Piranha
Pygocentrus nattereri

Red Belly Piranha

Care Level

High

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

8 - 12

Minimum Tank Size

150

Color

Silver, Red

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

72-77° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.0-7.0

Description


General: The red belly piranha naturally occupy various regions throughout the Amazonian Basin. It is often best to keep piranha in groups of six or more. This helps encourage activity, while an aggressor has too many moving targets to isolate an individual. The red belly piranha will reach a length of twelve inches, and display dominance once a structural hierarchy has been established. Piranha should be kept in an aquarium of 125 gallons once mature.

Dimorphism: Female red belly piranhas often attain a size greater than that of males and their belly will be rounder.

Fecundity: The red belly piranha may produce thousands of eggs per clutch. It is often best to remove the eggs and raise the offspring in a separate aquarium.

Aquarium Diet: Red belly piranhas are carnivores and will accept brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, feeder fish, carnivore pellets, half clams, and silversides

Water Chemistry: 72-77° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.0-7.0

Compatibility: The red belly piranha are considered to be pugnacious, and often kept in a single species aquarium.


Author: JAMES PAULSON