Animal Stories - Payara


Animal-World Information about: Payara

The Payara, known as the Vampire Tetra, shows just how diverse a group Characins are!
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adam - 2013-10-14
I have had my scomb and my armatus for over 3 years. These fish are very easily trained to take silversides, dangle the silverside in the water near the top until your payara sees it, then let it loose, if he grabs it, good. But if it hits the bottom, they won't touch it, they only like moving prey, so try again. Also another thing they hate, is lights. my lights are off 100% of the time, with the occasional moon led light. as far as a powerhead, I turn on for a little bit every other day. After a little while they don't like it at all, oh yea, they are 12 inches.

 

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  • Jason hawkins - 2014-03-18
    Everybody here is giving people false infromation, I study fish like these on a daily basis, and the Payara - 'Sabe tooth', if taken good care of, they live anywhere between 5-12 years, mine is 6 years old now, so that 6 months - 2 years is silly talk.
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bambeckham - 2013-09-04
Hi guys, I have 1 Payara Armatus about 5 inches & it looks fine in my tank. But I am just worried about his fangs, there is only one left. I do not know how that happened. My question is, will his fangs will grow back or what?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    They will drop their teeth as they grow, but it will grow back quickly so no worries.
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Let's Dance - 2012-01-22
I just got 1 yesterday...and my fish tooth are not on the right position..it is like 1 of it saberthooth are out of it mouth..what should i do expert...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    Probably fine. Scroll up in this Animal World article on the Payara and it actually states in the first paragraph that the bottom (saber tooth) teeth get so long there are actually openings in the upper jaw to accomodate. Sounds like your little guy is getting his first teeth in.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-23
    That Means all I have to do is wait untill the crooked teeth drop...? coz I'm really worry that little guy wont eat for fews day edy...sad...
  • LEO - 2012-03-31
    May I ask you how long a life they can have?
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Ryan D. - 2011-12-02
Armatus is the true payara where as this species is a much smaller(usually less than a foot) relative.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-01
    this fish is sooo cool
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hjanuxx - 2010-06-15
Wonderful fish and great teeth.

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