Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Redhook Pacu

Information and Pictures

Close Up - a shiny, silver red hook fish in front of a fake underwater background inside of a fish tank.

Red hook silver dollar fish

Scientific Name

Myleus rubripinnis

Type

Characoids

Family

Characidae

Subfamily

Serrasalminae, Myleinae

Other Names
  • Redhook
  • Silver Pacu
  • Red Hook Silver Dollar
  • Redhook Metynnis
  • Red Hook Pacu
Minimum Tank Size

55-gallon

Tank Level

Middle

Care

Difficult

Behavior

Peaceful schooling fish

Compatibility

Schooling, does well in groups of 4 or more of the same kind. Does well in large tank with other peaceful cichlids and catfish.

Life Span

11 years

Maximum Size

16 inches (40 cm). Adult female is plumper.

Aquarium

Likes plants, prefers to school, likes a quiet spot.

Water Chemistry

Freshwater

pH

5.0 - 7.0, prefers around neutral

Hardness

up to 15 dH

Temperature

77° - 83° F (25° - 28° C)

Feeding

Fresh green vegetables daily, vegetable-based flakes or pellets.

Sexing

Females are plumper.

Breeding

Egg layer—never bred in captivity.

Origin

South American rivers

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