Scientific Name: Serrasalmus Rhombeus
Lifespan: 4 – 10+ Years
Size: 20+ inches
Minimum Tank Size: 100 Gallons
Temperature: 70-82 degrees
PH Range: 5.8 – 7.5
Diet: Live food, dead food, cooked food, pellets
Black piranha are extremely aggressive fish, and should be kept in a solitary tank. Minimum tank size should be 100 gallons. As with most piranha tanks, excellent filtration is required to keep the water clean. The black piranha can be an extremely messy fish, as it uses it’s sharp teeth to rip and tear at it’s prey. A wet/dry system is preferred, but canister filters can work as well. This size of the filter should cycle the tank 2-3 times per hour. Black piranha are carnivorous fish, and should be fed a good amount of protien, although they will eat the occasional fruit or vegetable. You can feed black piranha live food, but make sure that they are not carrying any diseases that may transmit to your piranha. Buy your feeders from healthy, reputable petshops, and quarantine them for a while – just to be safe. Small Rodents, goldfish, lizards, insects, worms, and spiders are all acceptable food for the black piranha.