This 30cm long fish Red Belly Piranha is reared in captivity only occasionally . It is one of the many feared Piranhas whose shoals populate the Amazon basin. These fish are dangerous especially in the period of drought when the hungry shoals are confined to bow lakes.
under normal conditions they are very shy and timid. Their lower jaws are equipped with large Sharp teeths enabling the fish literally to bite off large mouthful as if with a knife. The upper jaw is armed with no less Sharp but smaller teeth.
sex distinctions are practically absent , the males are usually somewhat smaller and , the keel of their belly viewed from the front is V-shaped, while that of the females is U_shaped . when excited or in , spawning the fish turn a bluish black colour.
The most suitable foods are both live and dead fish .The piranhas being a clumsy hunters, mostly ignore small , swift fish.
Adequate pieces of beef heart , poultry meat etc should be served for supplementary food
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