Omnivore, will eat most larger foods. Vegetarians and will accept flakes, lettuce, spinach, even chopped zucchini.
Unlikely in aquaria, due to size.
Not critical, huge tank: acidic to slightly alkaline pH (5.5-7.5), soft to fairly hard.
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Compatibility: Acceptable tank mates to try are rosy Tetra, black banded Leporinus, severum, butterfly fish and rasbora. Pacus will eat small fish that they can catch, but Zebra Danios swim fast and can often avoid being eaten.
Make sure you have a large enough tank to keep these fish.
Feed them lettuce, spinach, and even chopped zucchini.
However, the fish are a poor choice for the typical hobbyist. While they are not aggressive carnivores like the piranha, their crushing jaw system, used primarily for eating seeds and nuts, can be hazardous.
Don't let them around small kids, or put your fingers in the tank. "Pacus will eat anything, even children’s wiggling fingers."
Don't keep them with their cousin's the piranha, the piranhas will rip the pacu to shreds.
Buy 10 Red-Bellied Pacu's from walmart at 1.5 inches each and put them in a 15 gallon aquarium. Try 2000 gallons.
Don't try to keep live plants with Pacus they will get eaten.
These fish need a roomy tank as they do not thrive well in cramped quarters.
Species of Pacu
Colossoma brachypomum - Red-bellyed Pacu, Common Pacu or Red Pacu
Colossoma macropomum - Tambaqui, Black Pacu, Black-finned Pacu, or Gamitana
Acnodon normani - Sheep pacu
Ossubtus xinguensi - Parrot pacu
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