Hoplias malabaricus Wolf fish for sale
or wolf fish
is a bottom dwelling predator can be very aggressive towards other fish (may kill or take chunks out of them). Finding suitable tank mates will be tricky (this fish is really meant to be kept alone); you may be able to mix with fish that are significantly bigger. Definitely cannot be mixed with other bottom dwellers. Also, make sure you have a secure lid on the tank as this fish has the ability to leap out of the water. It will easily take a chunk of skin/flesh off your hand, so caution is required when feeding. Driftwood or rock cave (hiding places) will make this fish feel more secure in the tank.
The maximum known length for this species is 16-20" inches.
Occurs in diverse habitats from free flowing clear water streams, well up into the valleys, to slow turbid waters, water courses, irrigation and drainage ditches, and ponds on the plains.
Etymology: Hoplias: Greek, hoplon = weapon. And you can think of this fish as weapon when its attacks its prey.
Caution: Tankmates (if any) should be chosen with extreme care! Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen foods over time. Aggressive and likely to attack most tankmates. Fast-moving, similarly sized fish should be introduced with caution.