Scientific name : Hydrolycus Scomberoides
Common name: Payara, Vampire Characin, Wolf Characin
Origin: South America : Amazon River Basin
Maximum size: 3 ft (info fm fishbase) but never seen more than 1ft in captive*
Temperature : 24 - 28°C
water PH : 7
Full Silver fish, large eyes and with 2 fairly large “fangs”. But despite its large teeth, it is actually pretty timid and feeds only when it is dark. A fierce looking fish but is more like a sheep in wolf clothing, swim at an angle with lightning speed when catching it’s prey.
Can be kept in a community tank or with other non aggressive species but will eat small fishes, it is a good addition to larger tank set up.
Breeding : no data
never seems to be able to get it off live food. So must be prepared to feed only live for the whole captivity.
Tank setup :
large tank with lots of low plants & woods. High oxygen & steady water flow will be helpful.
Personal Experience :
Very hardy and stable fish once established. They seem to do best in a group.Never a dull moment seeing them hunting down their preys.