Spotted Cachorro (Acestrorhynchus falcatus)

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Spotted Cachorro

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Juvenile Spotted Cachorro

Acestrorhynchus falcatus

322 Litres (85 US G.)

27-28 cm (10.6-11")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.5

21.1-23.9°C (70 -75 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Piscivore
Live Foods

8-12 years

Family

Acestrorhynchidae



Additional names

Red-Tailed Freshwater Barracuda

Additional scientific names

Salmo falcatus, Salmo pulverulentus, Xiphorhamphus ferox


Origin

South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and rivers of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Sexing

Difficult to sex, females may appear fuller in the belly. Can be bred in captivity provided the environment is large enough.

Tank compatibility

An aggressive piscavore, tank mates should be robust and of equal size or larger and of similar aggression.

Diet

A carnivore preferring meaty foods such as shrimp, fish fillet but may only take live foods such as feeder fish at first.

Feeding regime

Feed once a day.

Environment Specifics

These fish require a large, mature and spacious aquarium which must be well filtered with plenty of oxygen, an air pump is strongly recommended.

Behaviour

A sleek predatory fish.

Identification

This fish is elongated and slender with a sharply forked caudal fin. The body is silver and the mouth is large with visible teeth even when the mouth is shut. The fins are mostly translucent with some red hues and there is a black spot on the caudal peduncle.

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