Piraya Piranha (Serrasalmus piraya)

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Piraya Piranha

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Piraya Piranha

Serrasalmus piraya

757 Litres (200 US G.)

30-34 cm (11.8-13.4")




5.5 - 7.5

25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

8-12 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



Additional names

Piraya Piranha, San Francisco Piranha, Rio São Francisco Piranha, Black-tailed Piranha

Additional scientific names

Pygocentrus piraya

Tank compatibility[edit]

A very large piscavorous fish, can be kept in groups of its own kind but only in very large aquaria over 1893 Litres (500 US G.) ideally, this is to avoid fin nipping or even cannibalism. Best kept alone in species tanks otherwise, other fish may be eaten or at least bitten.


A piscavorous fish that should be fed, if not weaned, on to dead food. Feeder Fish are not necessary and can pass on parasites and other disorders to the Piranha. Can be fed chunks of dead fish such as Trout as well as shrimp also.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a very large very well filtered tank. Should not have very bright lighting and large sturdy hiding places should be provided. Fairly adaptable to water chemistry.


A large growing piscavorous Piranha with sharp teeth. Can inflict serious wounds if not handled correctly.


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