Freshwater Barracuda (Ctenolucius hujeta)

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Freshwater Barracuda

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Freshwater Barracuda

Ctenolucius hujeta

341 Litres (90 US G.)

20-23 cm (7.9-9.1")




6.5 - 7.5

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Freshwater Barracuda, Gar Characin, Slant Nosed Gar, South American Freshwater Needlefish, Silver Gar, Hujeta Pike Characin

Additional scientific names

Ctenolucius hujeta hujeta, Luciocharax insculptus, Xiphostoma hujeta

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Río Magdalena and Río Sinú basins (northern Colombia) and rivers draining into Lago de Maracaibo in northwestern Venezuela.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature females are larger than males and will have a fuller belly. Males have a larger anal fin. It is rare for these fish to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish is best kept in pairs or in groups. It cannot be housed with smaller fish as they will be eaten. Larger fish that mainly occupy the lower levels of the tank often do well including large Plecos, large American Cichlids etc.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivorous fish that may prove difficult to wean onto dead food. Does well on meaty foods such as earthworms and crickets.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish must have a long tank, at least 152.4cm (60"), with a secure lid as they may jump. Floating plants do well to hide them from bright lighting, other planting around the tank is appreciated. They need some large open swimming spaces as well as places to hide in bogwood. They prefer a medium to strong current in the tank. They are sensitive to water parameters as well as the addition of new water during water changes.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A top-dwelling predator. Can be skittish and timid, avoid sudden movements near the tank if you are to keep this fish.

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 while the fins are translucent. The caudal fin is forked with a black spot on the caudal peduncle.

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