Piaractus brachypomus Syn: Colossoma brachypomum or Piaractus brachypomum
They may look very similar to the so-called man-eating version of the Red Belly Piranha, however they will only look like piranha as juveniles. Their cousins will not grow as big and of course are aggressive.
Use caution when selecting tank mates for this fish. Even though they are mostly herbivores, they may go after smaller fish in their tank. They can potentially be kept with Arowanas, Plecos, Cichlids, Catfish, Tinfoil Barbs, and other larger fish.
This fish may be one of the most enjoyable larger fish you may ever own as many aquarists end up naming their Piranha. These fish look forward to seeing their owners when they visit the tank. Popular Pirahna names: Tiny, Baby, Fred, George, Steve, Gary, Bubbles, Bubba, Vader, Quagmire, Preston & Weeman.
DID YOU KNOW?
Let’s get rid of a ridiculous old Wives tales once and for all. Piranhas (Serrasalmus nattereri) have a reputation as ferocious predators that hunt their prey in schools. However recent research which "started off with the premise that they school as a means of cooperative hunting", discovered that they are a timid fish that schooled for protection from their own predators, such as cormorants, caimans, and dolphins! Piranhas are "basically like regular fish just with large teeth".