Caribe Profile


scientific name
- pygocentrus cariba

common names- Black Eared Piranha, Black Heart Piranha, Black Shoulder Piranha

size- size of the adult depends on many factors including, water quailty, tank size, proper feeding, etc, though if taken care of properly this fish can hit 16" though over 14" is very rare in captivity

Minimum Tank Size:40 Gallons for one , best kept in shoals of 3 or more in large aquaria at least 100 gallons,allthough many have had great success in keeping them solo.

Temperament: Aggressive, considered dangerous to man

Water Type: Freshwater

Temperature: 75 to 82° F

pH:  (6.5-7.5).

Compatibility: Best suited to large tanks and in numbers of 3 or more, they can sometimes get on with other fish ie plecostomus, but more often than not any tankmates will be eaten sooner or later, they have been kept with other Pygocentrus species with reasonable success, but with piranhas their are no guarantees and they may even eat each other.

Breeding: Breeding in the home aquarium is unheard of

Feeding: Mainly carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meat, fish, and processed fish foods