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comando489 08-26-2007 08:01 PM

what is this fish?
i do not think it is a piranha because of the size but what is it?

a paco?

Lupin 08-26-2007 08:04 PM

Looks like a payara but I could be wrong.:? Edit: Not close to payara.

The name Piranha on Steroids is just wrong.:evil: What are they trying to do? Strike fear that piranhas really eat flesh?:roll: I don't think that fish even suits in the genus Serrasalmidae.

Lupin 08-26-2007 08:18 PM

Okay, it's confirmed as a Goliath African Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath).

tophat665 08-26-2007 08:57 PM

What Lupin said. However, it is a characin, so piranha on steriods is not entirely inapt. However, it's in the family Alestidae, so more apt would be a Congo Tetra on PCP.

Gump 08-26-2007 10:56 PM

Very cool fish and have become quite available in this hobby as of the last few years.

Mating Slinkys 08-27-2007 05:49 AM

Heh, i just showed those pics to my housemates nephew and he ran and hid behind the sofa. Now that'd be a cool reaction to a tank!

goldfish_forever 09-13-2007 06:16 AM

AFRICAN TIGERFISH (Hydrocynus goliath)
FAMILY: Alestiidae (African tetras)
TYPE: Characins
CHARACTER: Aggressive
ORIGIN: Africa
MAX. SIZE: 70" (approx. 170 cm)
DIET: Carnivore
MISC: ideal pH range from 6.5 - 7.5, one of the most fearsome predators freshwater has ever known

MattD 09-13-2007 02:13 PM

more like nessie from the loch. :/

xingumike 09-14-2007 06:00 AM

will it fit in my nano? :)

tophat665 09-14-2007 08:27 AM


Originally Posted by xingumike
will it fit in my nano? :)

Not even if you run it through a cuisinart first. :twisted:
That's a whole lot of fish. :D

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