Red belly piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)

The red-bellied piranha or red piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) — is a predatory fish kind and it belongs to piranha Serrasalmidae subfamily , which is one of the most well known kinds of piranha.

These fishes live in a huge schools that spend the majority of time looking for a prey. The fish is rather gluttonous, therefore it can live only in the waters rich with fish.

More often red belly piranha can be encountered in some shallows, in the depth and in the muddy waters. Again, as one of the most known piranha kinds, it has a reputation of a freshwater predator, that is dangerous both to human and animals.

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Silver dollar fish (Metynnis argenteus)

Silver dollars fish (Metynnis argenteus) belongs to Characidae family. In the 19th century in the USA there was a coin of 1$ nominal, so it was noticed that the fish juveniles due to their rounded and flattened body shape really may resemble the coin and their silvery coloring only made the likeness stronger.

The Latin name of the fish “argenteus” itself means covered with silver.

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Pacu fish (Colossoma macropomum)

Pacu fish or tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum) – is one of piranha family known for its lust for blood. But unlike its “cousins” and despite a strong and massive body, colossoma prefers plant food and belongs to herbivorous fish class.

There are a lot of different fishes with pacu name, however quite often their classification is rather confusing. Giant pacu is an interesting, not demanding and easy in care and feed fish, which has its kind of intelligence. Sounds like an ideal aquarium fish, doesn’t it?

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