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Pacu

Family: Characidae
Species: Piaractus brachypomus
Common Name: Pacu
Size: Up to 35 in (88 cm)
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Diet: Primarily herbivorous, but will accept Flakes, Frozen and live foods suitable for its' size.
Behavior: Peaceful schooling species, but intimidates due to its' size.
Water: Temperature 71 -82°F (22 28°C) dh range 4-15, pH : 4.8 - 6.8
Care: Easy, should be kept in schools of at least six.
Communities: Poor, grows too large.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for most home aquaria.

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