Pygocentrus Ternetzi

Currently in stock:

4 - 6" Ternetzi

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Young pygocentrus ternetzi 02
Young pygocentrus ternetzi 02
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Young pygocentrus ternetzi 01

Fish Facts!

Pygocentrus ternetzi piranha are a lovely looking piranha from argentina with a yellow belly and similar looks to the Caribe piranha from venezuela. All Pygocentrus types seem to shoal quite well when well fed. Although seldom seen in the 'hobiest aqaurium' as they are one of the more expensive fish to buy when available. Ternetzi  feed well on ox heart, white bait and will eat most anything which is put in their tank, a shoal of Ternetzil will eat u out of house and home but are a lovely sight! These fish are very aggressive in there natural state and great care should be taken in handling. All Pygocentrus species will shoal together. Growth size: up to 16".

Ternetzi Piranha Care


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.



All Pygocentrus species will shoal together if well maintained.



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.



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'.