Tatauaia Payara (Hydrolycus tatauaia)


A large predatory characin found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Tatauaia or blackfin Payara tends to inhabit waters with moderate to strong current in the wild. With their unique, flattened body shape, they spend most of their time hanging motionless against the direction of the water flow, waiting for prey to drift by. They use lightning-fast reflexes and their namesake saber-like teeth to grab hold of their prey, which can be fish up to half their own size. In the aquarium, payara often require live foods – at least at first – and do best in well-oxygenated water with plenty of water movement.



Tatauaia Payara (Hydrolycus tatauaia)

Origin: Wild Peru
Diet: Predator and live fish eater
Adult Size: 14″+
Recommended Tank Size: 180 gallons
Compatibility: Predatory towards any fish small enough to be a meal, but otherwise not aggressive

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 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.