African Pike Characin (Hepsetus odoe)


A predatory pike-like characin found throughout much of tropical Africa, H. odoe inhabits shallow rivers and lakes where it primarily feeds on smaller fish. A fast-moving predator, these fish prefer clean, well-oxygenated water and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or vegetation. Be sure to keep their aquariums tightly covered as they are likely to jump, especially if spooked.



African Pike Characin (Hepsetus odoe)

Origin: Wild Africa
Locale: Congo
Diet: Predator and live fish eater, can be weaned onto frozen foods with time
Adult Size: 18″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards tankmates too big to eat

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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