Silver pacu fish is from same family as that of piranha and silver dollar fish. Being a mellow fish it is suitable for home aquarium setup. With proper care and tank equipment to set suitable environment allows them to become a responsive pet in home aquarium. Other than aquarium, they’re also in the list of fish food in most of the countries.
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Type of Silver Pacu:
- Red belly pacu
- Black pacu
Black pacus are rare these days and it’s almost impossible to find them in any aquarium shops. If you get chance to buy black pacus then get it and see if you can breed them in isolated tank.
Red belly pacus are available in large number all over the world. Red belly pacus are quite common in Brazilian aquarium shops.
Size & Color: Silver pacu has known for size of about 45 cm to 75cm. Silver color with red fins is somewhat describes silver pacu. Adult can grow to size of about 75 cm if raised in proper environment. They’ve large life span as they’re quite peaceful and can adapt to most of the tank conditions. Some aquarium maintainers report that it is possible for silver pacu to live for about 15-20 years in some cases. Some aquarium shop owners don’t keep pacus as their size grows and it becomes hard to maintain tank for them separately. So if you want to maintain them then your best option is to ask shop owner to import them for you.
ph & temperature: Silver pacus require ph of about 4.8 to 6.8 and hardness of upto 15dGH. Because of their size they need bigger tank with proper tank water management so get a water test kit.
Food: Unlike piranha they’re vegetarian and eat marine plants, Herbivore as well. In some cases they’re known to eat other fishes or even attack on human hands if they get hungry. If they’re small in size you can give them flake food and other vegetable diet fish food. As their size grows you need to give them pellet food as well. They do sometime eat half food and leave the rest so in such cases you’ve to remove that food else it might pollute the water. Be careful while feeding them and putting hand inside tank when they’re around as they’re known to eat almost anything it could be dangerous if they find human hand in their way.
Breeding: Just like silver dollars pacus drop their egg near stone, marbles and usually they’re known for not breeding in captivity.
Behavior: They prefer to stick in group if they’re small and if grow larger can manage to live off alone. If your tank can afford large size fish then you can keep 1 big silver pacus. As they’re mellow in nature and can live with other small/large fishes without much conflict. You can keep them in the tank with oscars, catfish, cichlids, barbs etc.
Silver pacus can eat almost anything that is thrown in the tank and because of this they grow quite fast and are preferred as food than hobby-fish in home aquarium. They’ve larger life span so if you want to keep a big fish for a long time then silver pacu is one to get for your aquarium.