Gold Piranha 5-6" (Serrasalmus Spilopluera)
(FwF Piranha Serra Spilo Gold 4)
Spilopleura Piranha, Spilo, Gold Piranha, Gold Spilopleura,
Very widespread, found in Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana's, Brazil, northern Argentina.
up to 30cm. (12")
- Tail fin has clear terminal band (hyaline edge).
This is one of the few Serrasalmus-species that has been shoaled (more or less) succesfully. To accomplish this, a very large tank (the minimum is 20 gallons per fish when small, more when larger) is absolutely necessary, due to its fin-nipping and agressive nature.
Most people keep this species alone in a tank.
Not very tolerant towards tank mates, and in particular its own kind. Keeping this fish in a group is possible, if enough tank space is available (at least 30-40 gallons per fish). In some instances, S. spilopleura has been kept together with Pygocentrus piranha's, but due to it's parasitic lifestyle (scale-eater, fin-nipper), this are rare occurences.
Fish (frozen fish, fillets and live feeders), shrimps and other crustaceans.
In the wild, as well as in the home aquarium, this species is an agressive scale eater and fin-nipper when smaller.
It is thought S. Spilopleura is in actuality a complex of similar looking, but slightly different species. These differences can be caused by differences in habitat, diet etc.
Next to Pygocentrus Nattereri, and more recently Pygocentrus Cariba, this species is the only one that has been bred in the home aquarium.
By:Jonas Hansel (Thank You for the great information)
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