Common Wolf Fish (Hoplias malabaricus)


The Common or Malabaricus Wolf Fish is a large growing predatory characin found in a wide range of habitats throughout most of South America and the Southern tip of Central America. Aggressive, fast moving, and fearless, this fish is a favorite among keepers of predatory or “monster” fish. A hardy and adaptable species in the aquarium, it should be provided with some cover, a tight-fitting and secure lid as they are powerful jumpers, and plenty of open swimming space. Although this species has been successfully kept with some tankmates and in groups, they are unpredictable fish by nature and any additions to their aquarium should be chosen with extreme care.



Common Wolf Fish (Hoplias malabaricus)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Meta
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen foods over time.
Adult Size: 16-20″+
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons+
Compatibility: Aggressive and likely to attack most tankmates. Fast-moving, similarly sized fish should be introduced with caution.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.