Red Bellied Piranha

Other Red Bellied Piranha Names: Red Bellied Piranha, Piranha

Red Bellied Piranha Scientific Name: Pygocentrus nattereri, Pygocentrus ternetzi

Red Bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri))

Temperature Range: 73°F-81°F
pH Range: 5.5-7.5
Hardness Range: 15-20°

Family: Characidae

Species Type: Characins (Tetras)

Red Bellied Piranha Adult Size: 12 inches (cm)

Red Bellied Piranha Life Expectancy: 12 years

Red Bellied Piranha Habitat: South American rivers

Red Bellied Piranha Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Red Bellied Piranha Temperament: Very aggressive with razor sharp teeth. The piranha can and does eat just about anything.

Red Bellied Piranha Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - The Red Bellied Piranha will only accept meat. Flakes are rarely touched and do not provide the correct nutrition. Earthworms and beef heart will also be eaten.

Red Bellied Piranha Description: These are highly aggressive fish with razor sharp teeth. Do not hand feed these fish as a quick trip to the hospital may be the result. If kept with other fish, the piranha must be fed a steady supply of food. A large tank is required with some surface plants and hiding places amongst driftwood. A strong filter is recommended as the high protein diet of the piranha produces a large amount of w

Tank Mate Compatibility: The Piranha is best left to a species only tank.

Red Bellied Piranha Breeding & Spawning: Very difficult. A huge tank is required. Lower the water level and then raise it gradually with new water, prefferably using a watering can or spray bar to simulate rain. The male will defend the eggs and the female should be removed within 24 hours. Young piranhas must be fed sparingly as they often eat too much.

Determining Red Bellied Piranha Sex: Sexing is difficult but females tend to have more yellow on the underbelly.

Aquarium Region: All over

Red Bellied Piranha Diseases: None specific to species.

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