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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Vampire Tetra

To combat these ever-changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis. The payaraHydrolycus scomberoidesis a species of dogtooth tetra.

Young specimens will loosely school with their own kind, but adults are voracious predators and should be kept alone. How much is it worth? Geographic Distribution Hydrolycus scomberoides. These fish often only survive for 6 months to a year, with just a few having been reported as living up to 2 years. Deon Wilson – Hello,I’m very interested in these fish, I’ve kept all types of predator fish and I have more than enough tank space for them. The scpmberoides way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and a well-balanced diet.

Reproduction occurs between November and April and adults perform long upstream migrations in order to do so.

This predatory fish is found in the Amazon Basin in tropical South America. Scomberokdes fish are hardy and disease is not usually a problem in a well-maintained aquarium.


Views Read Edit View history. The Hydrolycus genus consists of four species. Aquarists should read up on common tank diseases.

Newly-imported specimens often refuse to accept anything but live fishes but most can be weaned onto dead alternatives once recognised as edible. Kareem jallad – I’ve had my armature vampire tetra for 3 years now.

Payara, Hydrolycus scomberoides, Vampire Tetra Characin Fish Guide

This species is pelagic and adults tend to be associated with flowing stretches of socmberoides river channels and larger tributaries of both white and black water rivers. Habitat 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. Their short lifespan may be a result of a large bio load, resulting in nitrogenous waste. They are easily frightened so you must be careful not to make any quick movements when around their tank.

These fangs can be 4 to 6 inches long. It seems that once they reach about 12 inches, they mysteriously die. In fact, the two main lower teeth are so long that upper jaw has holes for them to fit into.

The more closely their environment resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier. They sometimes refuse food in captivity, and once feeding, need a varied diet of fish.


Human uses

Cynodontinae with the description of two new species. Hydrolycus scomberoides lower illustration and Rhaphiodon vulpinus upper illustration. The latter fit into a pair of corresponding openings in the upper jaw which allows the mouth to be closed completely. In the wild, these fish have different environments, depending on their age.

Payara are fast and aggressive feeders. Aquarium Setup The Payara is an extremely large predatory fish.

Payara – Wikipedia

Juveniles presumably occur in smaller tributaries and areas of flooded forest. An overly bright light hydrolycuz also stress them out, so keep the lighting moderate and have some areas that are dim.

They require excellent water quality, and it must be well oxygenated. Despite its fearsome appearance this species does not tend to attack similarly-sized fishes. Most likely, this is scomberroides to concerns that people may unwittingly release them into native waters.

Fish Keeping Difficulty Payara are extremely difficult to keep.