Image of Hydrolycus scomberoides (Payara). Hydrolycus scomberoides Etymology: Hydrolycus: Greek, hydr = water + Greek, lykos = wolf (Ref. ). Characin fish guide for Payara, Hydrolycus scomberoides, Vampire Tetra Info, Vampire Fish pictures and description, Vampire Tetra care, diet, tankmates, and.

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Younger fish will avoid areas where there is strong water flow, but mature specimens will move into waters with faster currents.

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When shipped from South America, they take up a lot of space, which makes shipping costs high. They are easily frightened so you must be careful not to make any quick movements when around their tank.

Take great care and make sure to properly clean or quarantine anything that you add to an established tank so as not to upset the balance. Not only hydroycus fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria.

A stressed fish is more likely to acquire disease. Thank you kyle – hello still hydrolycud for vampire tetra or other rare species just message me at southreptiles gmail. Scomberokdes[1]. Knife Fish Lover – Can i keep on of these in a 55 gallon long tank with: This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and a well-balanced diet.

The aquarium also needs a tight fitting lid.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Aquariums are closed systems, and regardless of size, all need some scojberoides. Because of their large adult size, and their propensity for schooling as juveniles, they need a very large aquarium.

Add Hydrllycus Animal Story. In adults the tail is dusky on the basal half, turning paler more transparent towards the tip. It will eat fishes it can fit into its mouth, but there’s no need to feed it live food in captivity.


Our Knowledge Base is an hyrdolycus work in progress, scombsroides naturally means that some species profiles contain more information than others. They often only survive for 6 months to a year in captivity, with just scomeroides few having been reported as living up to 2 years.

Integrated Hydroltcus Information System. Make sure to quarantine live food before feeding. They require excellent water quality, and it must be well oxygenated. I currently have my hydrolycus armatus in a gal custom tank. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 19 October Juveniles may live in less turbulent water, but adults are found in fast-moving currents, like rapids and the base of waterfalls.

Knowing the signs and catching and treating them early makes a hdrolycus difference. Younger specimens may be fine with moderate water movement, but adults need strong, turbulent currents. Payara have been known to fatally injure themselves by swimming into the sides of the aquarium when disturbed. We’re working on a daily basis to fill in all the gaps, so please have patience. Foods and Feeding Payara are carnivorous piscivores.

In fact, the two main lower teeth are so long that upper jaw has holes for them to fit into. The Payara can also be distinguished from its cousin by a small circular dark spot on its gill cover, while the same marking on H. Latest Reader Comment – See More. Nelson, Fishes of the WorldWiley, Payara are fast and aggressive feeders. This species is pelagic and adults tend to be associated with flowing stretches of main river channels and larger tributaries of both white and black water rivers.

Data provided by GBIF. These large predacious fish are best cared for in public aquariums or xcomberoides the most experienced fish keepers with the space, financial ability, and dedication to care for them. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This incredible fish has two large fangs on its lower scombwroides.


Newly-imported specimens often refuse to accept anything but live fishes but most can be weaned onto dead alternatives once recognised as edible.

Enter a Freshwater Aquarium. Aquarium Care Vampire Tetras are big messy fish that need pristine, well oxygenated water and extremely high filtration. It tapers towards the tail and has a large, fan-shaped caudal fin. I’ve also done tons of research on this fish.

Payara, Hydrolycus scomberoides, Vampire Tetra Characin Fish Guide

When keeping more sensitive types of fish, it is common for all fishes to be infected even before the first warning signs can be noticed. You must be logged in to post a comment.

These fish usually swallow their prey whole but will sometimes chop them into smaller, bite-sized pieces. They often live only for 6 months to a year, with only a few reports of keeping them for up to 2 years. One look at the mouth of this fish and there will be no doubt that the Payara is a vicious carnivore.

Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats. They are often found in loose groups and feed on smaller fish, but the bulk of their diet consists of piranhas. These fish could probably be trained to eat whole dead fish, such as frozen silversides and lancefish, but this has not been confirmed.