Serrasalmus sanchezi the Ruby-Throated Diamond Piranha

Serrasalmus sanchezi Peru Serrasalmus sanchezi also known as the sharp-snouted piranha is a species of Serrasalmidae endemic to Peru. It is part of the S. rhombeus (black piranha) complex. It reaches a maximum size of around 7 inches or (18 cm). These individuals often exhibit a red throat coloration, similar to that of Pygocentrus nattereri (red-bellied piranha). It is also known as Ruby-Throated Diamond Piranha.

Sanchezi Piranhas, also known as Black Piranhas or "Sanchez", are a species of piranha that are native to the Amazon Basin in South America. They are one of the lesser-known species of piranha, but are highly valued by fish enthusiasts for their distinctive appearance and behavior.

Sanchezi Piranhas are carnivorous and feed on a variety of prey, including fish, crustaceans, and insects. They are known for their sharp teeth and powerful jaws, which they use to catch and consume their prey. They are also known to scavenge on carcasses and other organic matter.

Sanchezi Piranhas can grow to be quite large, with some individuals reaching up to 14 inches in length. They have a distinctive appearance, with a black or dark grey body and red eyes. They are also known for their aggressive behavior and territorial tendencies, and are considered to be one of the more aggressive species of piranha.

One of the characteristics that sets Sanchezi Piranhas apart from other piranha species is their adaptability. They are able to thrive in a wide range of environments, from fast-moving rivers to slow-moving streams and ponds. They are also known to be hardy and resilient, and can tolerate a wide range of water conditions.

In comparison to other piranha species, Sanchezi Piranhas are considered to be one of the more aggressive and territorial species, but they are also highly valued by fish enthusiasts for their distinctive appearance and adaptability. They are often kept in aquariums by experienced fish enthusiasts, but they require a large and well-maintained tank, and should only be kept with other fish species that can withstand their aggressive behavior.

Overall, Sanchezi Piranhas are a fascinating and unique species of piranha. Their distinctive appearance, adaptability, and aggressive behavior make them a popular choice among experienced fish enthusiasts, but they require specialized care and should only be kept by those who are familiar with their specific needs and behavior.

Serrasalmus sanchezi Common Names:

Ruby-Red Piranha, Ruby-Throated Diamond Piranha, Red Spilo, Sharp Snouted Piranha

What is the range of Serrasalmus sanchezi in South America?

Serrasalmus sanchezi is abundant in the general locality of Peru, Loreto, lower Rio Ucayali, Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria. Its specific locality is Rio Pacaya, Cocha Tamara.

Maximum Size of Serrasalmus sanchezi fish:

About 18cm. (7")

Tank size for Serrasalmus sanchezi?

S. sanchezi juveniles and sub-adults can be kept in a 30 gallon aquarium. When they reach a size of 4-6", a 55 gallon tank is more suitable to provide enough space to move and turn freely. Adult fish need a tank of at least 75 gallons. A powerhead can be used to add a little extra water currents and oxygen, to mimic its natural habitat.

Compatible Species for Serrasalmus sanchezi

S. sanchezi is not compatible with any species. Due to its fin-nipping habit and intolerance towards other conspecifics and tank mates, this species should be kept alone in a species tank.

What is the diet for Serrasalmus sanchezi piranha?

Fish (including fillets, frozen fish and live feeders), shrimps and other crustaceans, insects, pellets, rain worms. In some cases, this species will also accept fruits, seeds and nuts.

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