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Vampire Characin

 

Family: Cynodontidae
Species: Hydrolycus Scomberoides
Common Name: Vampire Characin
Size: Up to 46 inches (117 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 River basin.
Min Tank Size: At least 125 gallons for young, public aquaria for adults.
Diet: Carnivorous: Active predator that will eat anything smaller than itself.
Behavior: Peaceful as a single specimen.
Water: 77 -85°F (24 28°C) PH 6.0 - 8.0 dGH 8.0 - 15.0 N
Care: Difficult.
Communities: Cannot be kept with smaller fish.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for the home aquaria.

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