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Black Pacu, Tambaqui


Family: Characidae
Species: Colossoma macropomum
Common Name: Black Pacu, Tambaqui
Size: Up to 40 inches (100 cm)
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Amazon and Orinoco basins.
Min Tank Size: 75 gallon for young, public aquarium for adults.
Diet: Primarily herbivorous, but will accept Flakes, Frozen and live foods suitable for its' size.
Behavior: Peaceful schooling species, but intimidates due to its' size.
Water: 71 -82°F (22 28°C) dh range 4-20, pH : 5.0 - 7.8
Care: Easy, should be kept in schools of at least six.
Communities: Poor, grows too large.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for most home aquaria.

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