Currently in stock:
4 - 6" Caribes
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Pygocentrus caribes come from South America (Venezuela) are commonly known as Donkey Skin Piranha. Caribes are very aggressive in the wild and at certain times of the year are known to eat young birds ejected from river nesting sites. They can be quite a nervous and shy fish in the 'home tank' which makes them unpredictable so care should be taken. Caribes will eat most anything which is put in their tank and are best kept in shoals of 6 or above and if well fed will get on well within that community. All Pygocentrus species will shoal together. Growth size: up to 18".
Caribes Piranha Care
MINIMUM TANK SIZE
For groups of 3-4 fish, you will need a tank of at least 120x50x50 cm. (48x20x20"). Each extra fish would require an additional 6-8" in tank length, with 6 fish or more a tank depth of 60 cm (24") is recommended. Juvenile fish can be temporarily kept in smaller tanks.
Plants, rocks or drift wood to provide hiding places, the tank lights should be dimmed. Heavy filtration is required to deal with the large amounts of waste this fish produces. A powerhead can be added to provide currents. Care is required in handling, extremely dangerous to hands.
24-29 degrees Celsius (76-84 degrees Fahrenheit).
pH should be between 6.0 - 8.0, ideally slightly acidic to neutral water: pH 6.5 - 7.2 . Soft water is preferred.
Extremely dangerous to others. Will shoal with same species.
Fish (whole, fillet or feeders*), shrimp, cockles, mussels, squid, insects, earth worms, pellets. Food items such as poultry, mammal meat and organ meat should be fed sparsely once or twice a month at the most. Meat needs to be unseasoned and trimmed of any fat.
*Live fish need to be quarantined first, so they are safe to feed (containing no diseases or parasites). Goldfish, minnows and other members of the Cyprinid family (Carp-like fish) should be avoided, as these fish contain growth-inhibiting hormones (Thaiminase/Vitamine B1 inhibitors) that could negatively affect the fish's health and development.
SHIPMENT OF FISH
We offer a postal courier service to any part of the country so distance is not an issue and our fish are packed and transported under correct conditions, an information sheet is included on 'What to do with your Piranha'.