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Tiger Characin

posted: 05/15/12
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Tiger Characin
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The Tiger Characin is a predatory fish from South America. This unusual-looking species is silver in color with very large sharp teeth that can be easily seen.

The Tiger Characin prefers a densely planted aquarium with roots and driftwood in which to hide. Aggressive towards other smaller fish, this species should only be maintained in a species tank, or with other similar sized non-territorial species.

The reproductive habits of this species are not known.

A carnivore, the Tiger Characin will eat live foods, but after adjusting to its new surroundings, frozen, and prepared foods such as krill or ocean plankton as well as floating pellet food will usually be accepted.

Ideal tank mates include: Species tank of African Tiger Fish.

Fish Facts

Name: Tiger Characin (Hydrocynus vittatus)

Family: Hydrocynae

Range: African River Systems

Size: Up to 30 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 73-82°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 6-20

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Unknown

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