Silver Mylossoma (Mylossoma duriventre)


A medium growing relative of the more well known Silver Dollars and Pacus, the Silver Mylossoma or Hard Belly Pacu is widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco basins where they are important food fish due to their abundance and ease of capture. They inhabit a wide range of habitat types but generally prefer relatively shallow river’s edge habitat in areas of slow to moderate flow, where they are found in large aggregations. An omnivore, their diet is similar to the much larger pacu which subside on fruits, nuts and other vegetable matter in the wild and will accept almost any food in the aquarium (although protein rich foods should be fed sparingly). Due to its hardiness, active schooling nature, and manageable adult size, the Silver Mylossoma makes an excellent tankmate for South American cichlids or predatory fish.


Silver Mylossoma (Mylossoma duriventre)

Origin: Farm Raised Colombia
Diet: Omnivore, feeds largely on fruit and nuts in the wild. Will accept most prepared foods in the aquarium.
Adult Size: 9″
Recommended Tank Size: 70 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but may intimidate smaller or slower-swimming tankmates. Best kept with similarly sized fish.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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