Above: In the picture, is a premium quality Payara Vampire Tetra swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are fabulous looking fish, with unique shape and huge teeth.
Origin: Payara are found across a wide region in South America and are wild fish. But now you can find some living in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, experts say Payara can grow to be about 12" long, and sometimes larger if fed properly and if the water quality is good, which makes them big but not too big for a big aquarium.
Behaviors: Payara are not too aggressive, but they will bite into many fish with their huge teeth.
Compatibility: Some recommended tankmates include fish like Arowanas, Pacus, and large Catfish. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Temperature: Payara live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is best to feed to Payara. Smaller sized pellets when small, and larger sized pellets when they grow larger, is the ideal food for these fish.
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Water Conditions: They are used to soft water with a neutral pH, but these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
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Aquarium Size: Payara will do fine in an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water when small, but will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 100-gallons of water.
Decor: Payara do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but aquariums with Payara usually do not have plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 100-gallon aquariums have room along the back for three Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of a minimal wild fish set up.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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Popularity: These fish are somewhat popular in the hobby.
Names: The scientific name for these Payara is Hydrolycus scomberoides.
Variations: This species occurs across a vast region, so there may be variations, but we do not know of them.
Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Wild Fish, including a picture gallery. We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
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