Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

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Great Barracuda

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Great Barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

180-200 cm (70.9-78.7")


8.1 - 8.4

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

9-14 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Commerson's Sea Pike, Barra, Snoek, Short Barracuda, Striped Seapike, Barracouta

Additional scientific names

Agrioposphyraena barracuda, Esox barracuda


Commonly found in oceans worldwide.


Males, and females are virtually indistinguishable.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish can be kept solitary, in pairs, or in groups. It cannot be housed with smaller fish as they will be eaten.


A carnivorous fish that may prove difficult to wean onto dead food. Does well on meaty foods such as freeze-dried/frozen fish and shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish must have a large tank, ideally a long, and/or circular raceway shaped, if not wide tank with a secure lid as they may jump. Found on open water, and reefs, making them suitable for a non-reef, or reef aquarium depending on preference.


A predator of all zones in the aquarium. Often found solitary or in shoals, with adults commingling with juveniles In the wild.


An elongated slender fish with a long snout and mouth, the upper jaw being slightly longer than the lower. The body is iridescent silver in colour. The caudal fin is forked with a few black spots on the caudal peduncle. Adults have a dark back for countershading.



Feeding: In an aquarium:

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