Sabretooth Tetra

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Common name/s: Sabretooth Tetra, Vampire Tetra, Payara

Scientific name: Hydrolycus scomberoides

Family: Cynodontidae

Origin: Amazon basin

Maximum size: 30" though 12" more likely in captivity

Care: A large tank with massive filtration and a strong current is a must. As with all large predatory fish regular water changes of 30 to 40% a week are recomended. The fish is unfussy of water parameters provided extremes of hardness and pH are avoided, tolerates temperatures from 24 to 28 celcius (75-82f). The fish is a predator so tankmates must be large and robust.

Feeding: FISH! The species are out and out piscavors, with time some fish can be converted to frozen meaty foods.

Sexing and breeding:Unknown

Comments: Not really suited to aquarium life, the fish often die for no apperent reason, i was only able to keep my pair alive for 4 months before they both died from unknown causes
 

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