Image of Hydrolycus scomberoides (Payara). Hydrolycus scomberoides Etymology: Hydrolycus: Greek, hydr = water + Greek, lykos = wolf (Ref. ). Characin fish guide for Payara, Hydrolycus scomberoides, Vampire Tetra Info, Vampire Fish pictures and description, Vampire Tetra care, diet, tankmates, and.

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These are used to impale their prey, mostly smaller fish. The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and a well-balanced diet. Payara have been known to fatally injure themselves by swimming into the sides of the aquarium when disturbed. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. In the wild, these fish have different environments, depending on their age.

Thank you kyle – hello still looking for vampire tetra or other rare species just message me at southreptiles gmail. An outbreak of disease can often be limited to just one or a few fishes if dealt with at an early stage. Young specimens will loosely school with their own kind, but adults are voracious predators and should be kept alone.

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Add Your Animal Story. For the related species also known as payara, see Hydrolycus armatus. Although they school loosely in the wild, they become less tolerant with a crowd. These fish could probably be trained to eat whole dead fish, such as frozen silversides and lancefish, but this has not been confirmed.


Hydrolycus scomberoides, Payara : fisheries, gamefish, aquarium

They are occasionally available and will readily adapt to aquarium life, but they are most often short-lived. While the majority of aquatic plants will fail to thrive in such surroundings hardy genera such as MicrosorumBolbitisor Anubias spp. Keep in mind that when kept singly, they can become nervous, swimming frantically and even damaging themselves, especially if there is any quick movement around the tank.

Sometimes, Payara refuse to feed. It can be told apart from all congeners by the following combination of characters: Yes, they require truly massive specifically designed tanks. These large predacious fish are best cared for in public aquariums or by the most experienced fish keepers with the space, financial ability, and dedication to care for them. Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats. They often live only for 6 months to a year, with only a few reports of keeping them for up to 2 years.

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This predatory fish is found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America. These fangs can be 4 to 6 inches long! In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

That being said, there is no guarantee that you won’t have to deal with health problems or disease. They sometimes refuse food in captivity, and once feeding, need a varied diet of fish. Sxomberoides do Scomberoies de Pesca. Payara also need optimal water conditions in captivity. Even if these needs are met, Payara mysteriously do not survive long in captivity.


Cynodontinae with the description of two new species. It’s 16′ long and is a true river monster!!

Views Read Edit View history. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments. They inhabit clean, fast-flowing rivers where the water is turbulent, including rapids and at the bottom of waterfalls.

Aquarium Setup The Payara is an extremely large predatory fish. Presumably, it sccomberoides be difficult to impossible breed them in an aquarium and would require scomberoided very large tank.

The payara, which is also sold as the saber tooth barracuda, vampire fish, vampire tetra, or saber tusk barracuda, is a popular species for large, aggressive aquariums. Not much is known about the courtship and spawning behaviors of the Hydrolycus species.

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