Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

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Great Barracuda

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Great Barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

180-200 cm (70.9-78.7")


8.1 - 8.4

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

9-14 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Commerson's Sea Pike, Barra, Snoek, Short Barracuda, Striped Seapike, Barracouta

Additional scientific names

Agrioposphyraena barracuda, Esox barracuda

Origin[edit | edit source]

Commonly found in oceans worldwide.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males, and females are virtually indistinguishable.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish can be kept solitary, in pairs, or in groups. It cannot be housed with smaller fish as they will be eaten.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivorous fish that may prove difficult to wean onto dead food. Does well on meaty foods such as freeze-dried/frozen fish and shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish must have a large tank, ideally a long, and/or circular raceway shaped, if not wide tank with a secure lid as they may jump. Found on open water, and reefs, making them suitable for a non-reef, or reef aquarium depending on preference.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A predator of all zones in the aquarium. Often found solitary or in shoals, with adults commingling with juveniles In the wild.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated slender fish with a long snout and mouth, the upper jaw being slightly longer than the lower. The body is iridescent silver in colour. The caudal fin is forked with a few black spots on the caudal peduncle. Adults have a dark back for countershading.

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