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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Payara also need optimal water conditions in captivity.

Payara, Hydrolycus scomberoides, Vampire Tetra Characin Fish Guide

The Vampire Tetra can be kept in a large aquarium, but it takes a lot of work by a very advanced hobbyist to accomplish this.

These fish could probably be trained to eat whole dead fish, such as frozen silversides and lancefish, but this has not been confirmed.

Fish Diseases The Payara is a large, difficult fish to keep. Availability Payara or Vampire Characin are not exactly rare, but smaller, aquarium-sized specimens are hard hydrplycus find. Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats.

Their short lifespan is due, in part, to their diet and their need for a top quality environment. A more subdued lighting coupled with a dark backdrop will bring out their best coloring too. Sometimes, Payara refuse to feed. Cuvier[1]. That being said, there is no guarantee that you won’t have to deal with health problems or disease.

Payara are fast and aggressive feeders. They only eat live foods, and they love fish, preferably live ones.

To combat these ever-changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis. In the wild, these fish have different environments, depending on their age. I currently have my hydrolycus armatus in a gal custom tank.

The Payara is almost identical in appearance to its close scombrroides the Sabertooth Characin Hydrolycus armatusbut the Payara is almost twice as large. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. But eventually, be prepared to invest in a tank of gallons or more with a better-than-average filter system. Our Knowledge Base is an ever-evolving work in progress, which naturally means that some species profiles contain more information than others.


For a description of breeding characin fish, see Breeding Scomberoidez Fish: Dinesh – Hi, i want this fish any sellers pls contact me my email ID’s: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up and water hardness increases due to evaporation.

Foods scomberoidez Feeding Payara are carnivorous piscivores. The decor should be minimal, but can have some low driftwood type caves for retreat. This predatory fish is found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America.

The payaraHydrolycus scomberoidesis a species of dogtooth tetra. Nelson, Fishes of the WorldWiley, Aquarium Setup The Hydroycus is an extremely large predatory fish. Retrieved from ” https: Not much is known about the courtship and spawning behaviors of the Hydrolycus species.

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Other very large fish may survive with them, such as an armored catfish with a calm demeanor, but they are best kept singly. 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.

Thank you brady Boin – i can sell them Ken – If you have any more I would love one. Yes, they require truly massive specifically designed tanks.

Knife Fish Lover – Can i keep on of these in a 55 gallon long tank with: It can be told apart from all congeners by the following combination of characters: As with most predatory species, these fish produce a lot of waste, so a highly-efficient filter is needed.

I have personally owned both species, and still own my Hydrolycus Armatus. Presumably, it would be difficult to impossible breed them in an aquarium and would require a very large tank. This incredible fish has two large fangs on its lower jaw. It can also be maintained in a group in a suitably-sized aquarium but the purchase of at least three specimens is advisable.


They often only survive for 6 months to a year in captivity, with just a few having been reported as living up scomberoidss 2 years. Younger fish will avoid areas where there is strong water flow, but mature specimens will move into waters with faster currents. He’s to big for my tank and I’m looking to sell.

Vampire Tetra

Data provided by GBIF. 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.

The more closely their scomberoidss resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier.

Juveniles presumably occur in smaller tributaries and areas of flooded forest. An overly bright light will also stress them out, so keep the lighting moderate and have some areas that are dim. I will be building his next home gal aquarium this summer. Even if these needs are met, Payara mysteriously do not survive long in xcomberoides. Aquarium Care Vampire Tetras are big messy fish that need pristine, well oxygenated water and extremely high filtration. This species is pelagic and adults tend to be associated with flowing stretches of main river channels and larger tributaries of both white and black water rivers.

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