Wolf Fish - Hoplias malabaricus Hoplias malabaricus
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Wolf Fish - Hoplias malabaricus

Species name: Hoplias malabaricus

Synonym: Hoplias malabaricus

Common name: Wolf Fish

Family: Erythrinidae

Order: Characins

Class: Actinopterygii

Maximum size: +70 cm / +28 inches ( They only grow to 50 cm / 20 inches in the wild but grows larger then that in aquariums.)

Environment: Freshwater

Origin: Central and South America

Temperament: Aggressive

Company: Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) are due to its aggressive nature most suitable to be kept alone, they can however be kept with other large fishes that are able to stand their ground against this large aggressive species.

Water parameters: Temperature 22-25°C / 72-77ºF; pH 6.5 – 8.0

Aquarium setup: Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) needs due to their size and temperament large aquariums or even better ponds. The aquarium should be decorated with plenty of hiding places that are big enough for the fish. Floating plants and dimmed lighting is preferred. A dark bottom substrate can also be beneficial. Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) are nocturnal fish.

Feeding: Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) are extremely easy to feed as they will try to eat anything that fits into their mouth. They should only be feed meaty food. (no vegetables) Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) are best feed at night.

Breeding: Hoplias malabaricus (Wolf Fish) can be breed in large aquariums. They are very productive and one spawning can result in over 10 000 fry. The fry is very aggressive and predatory and have to be sorted according to size to prevent them from eating and killing each other The fry grows very fast and can reach 30 cm / 1 foot in just over 6 months..

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Wolf Fish - Hoplias malabaricus