Red Belly Piranha "Pygocentrus nattereri"

Care Level

High

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Size

75 gallon

Color

Silver, Red

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.2-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Red Belly Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) naturally occupy various regions thru-ought 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.

Fecundity: The Red Belly Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) 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 (Carnivore): Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Feeder Fish, Carnivore Pellet, Half Clams, Silversides

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.2-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH)

Compatibility: The Red Belly Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) are considered to be pugnacious, and often kept in a single species aquarium.