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Piscivore Fish - What Type Of Aquarium Fish Are Piscivores?

April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 310

Introduction

Piscivores is anything that eats fish. There are aquarium fish that can be classified as piscivores or carnivorous fish. There are numerous fish that eat other fish, but only a few are adaptable for home aquariums.

Keeping Piscivores Fish

Piscivores fish are usually classified as aggressive fish. This means that the piscivores fish will be aggressive toward their other tank mates. If you are going to put some piscivores fish in your aquarium, you need to ensure the other fish are classified as aggressive also.

It would not hurt to also have their tank mates a tad larger than your piscivores fish, or you may come up a few fish short.

Piscivores Fish In Your Aquarium

Here are some fish that are classified as piscivores fish that you can put in your aquarium:

Grammodes - These fish come from Central America, most popular in Mexico's rivers and lakes. These fish are classified as Cichlids that is a species of fish with over 900 different types.

If you raise Grammodes in your aquarium, it is suggested that you only feed them live food once a week. In between these treats you can feed them a diet that is high in protein such as freeze-dried brine shrimp or blood worms.

They have a coloring of red, blue and silver and can grow to a length of 12 inches or more.

Angelfish - These come from South America and are found in the Amazon River Basin. These too are classified as Cichlids.

Feeding of Angelfish is similar to Grammodes. They prefer live food such as Guppy Fry, brine shrimp or chopped earthworms. Again this live food should be fed only once a week. In between the live food, a diet high in protein such as fish flakes is acceptable.

There are a variety of colors that these fish come in. They will range in color from silver, black and golden and can grow to a height of 12 inches.

Piranhas - Made famous by movies, Piranhas alsocome from the Amazon Basin. They are of the species Serrasalminae, which has several other subspecies besides Piranhas. There are many different types of Piranhas in this species, but the most popular type is the Red Belly Piranha.

Piranhas diet should be high in protein like other piscivores fish. This diet should include a mixture of live food and fish flakes.

Before you go running out and buy a Piranha for your aquarium, you need to check with your state and city. Most have regulations prohibiting or regulating the keeping of Piranhas in aquariums.

J.W. Chase is an amateur Aquarist who has successfully been keeping aquariums for over 35 years. Over 75% of people who start aquariums fail in the first month for lack of knowledge. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium, go to his web site and download a free eBook on "15 Tips On Building And Maintaining An Aquarium" at http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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