Red Bellied Piranha – Serrasalmus nattereri
Species only tank
The Piranha has a reputation that does not always befit reality. Rather than it being a maneater, it is a peaceful fish when not feeding which can be a real benefit if you are looking for a fish that you can relax and observe in the tank. They like a well planted tank (although they do like to eat a plant on occasion) with subdued lighting. They do produce a lot of waste due to the high protein level of their diet and so filtration has to be up to the job.
They are a shoal fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more.
Adult Length: 25cm
Temperature Range 22-28 C
pH Range: 6.0 -7.5
Special Requirements: Please research this fish fully before deciding to buy them.
Tanks Mates: There are very few fish that can be kept with piranha. If the piranha are mature and well fed they often leave little fish alone but we wouldn’t recommend trying it. Any fins that are exposed will be seen as food!
Feeding: . They are omnivores with a penchant for protein. In the aquarium, juveniles can be offered frozen or fresh bloodworm, small earthworms, chopped prawn and suchlike while adults will accept strips of fish flesh, whole prawns/shrimp, mussels, live river shrimp, larger earthworms, etc