Tiger Characin (Hydrocynus vittatus)

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Tiger Characin

Tiger Characin

Hydrocynus vittatus

568 Litres (150 US G.)

100-110 cm (39.4-43.3")




6.5 - 7.5

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

8-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Tiger Characin, Tiger Fish

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in a species tank due to this fish's predatory nature. Can be kept with others of its own kind provided they are of similar size.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivorous fish that may at first only take live foods but can be weaned on to other foods such as fish fillet and shrimp as well as some pellet foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a large spacious tank that allows for plenty of open swimming room and some hiding places. A secure lid is a must.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active and predatory fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A very elongate slender fish with large scales that are iridescent silver in colour, sometimes with golden hues, and a forked caudal fin. It has large sharp teeth which are always visible and can inflict injury.

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