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Red-Bellied Piranha

 

Family: Characidae
Species: Pygocentrus nattereri
Common Name: Red-Bellied Piranha
Size: Up to 12" (30cm)
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Amazon River basin, Paraguay-Paraná River basin, northeastern Brazilian coastal rivers and Essequibo River basin.
Min Tank Size: 48 inches .
Diet: Carnivorous, can be fed worms and young specimens will take other live food as well.
Behavior: Aggressive.
Water: Temperature of 75°F to 84°F (24-29°C), 6.0 to 7.5, Hardness: Soft to medium. dH range: 5-18
Care: Difficult.
Communities: No, species only tank.
Suitability: Only for the specialized hobbyist.

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