Red bellied pacu

Red bellied pacu
Red bellied pacu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Characidae
Subfamily: Serrasalminae
Genus: Colossoma
Species: C. bidens
Binomial name
Colossoma bidens
(Spix & Agassiz, 1829)

The red bellied pacu, Colossoma bidens, is a close relative of the piranha, but it lacks sharp teeth and is not aggressive. The pacu, an omnivore, has jaws that are capable of crushing human bone[citation needed]. Despite its similar appearance to piranhas, the Pacu is not suited to eat meat very well, as its natural diet of nuts suggests. This fish grows very fast: it can grow as much as one foot in the first year, reaching a length of 30 inches (75 cm) at maturity. Though they are usually smaller in the aquarium.

In the aquarium

The red bellied pacu needs a 200 gallon tank to thrive. They grow very fast with proper care. The aquarium should be kept within the 78–82 °F (26–28 °C) temperature range and should be well filtered. They will eat any plants in the fish tank. They need pellets and vegetable matter to thrive. Live foods are necessary for breeding.