ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Piranha Eater or the Piranha Destroyer

Updated on October 2, 2012

Just like the leopards of the Americas the Hoplias Malabiricus have many names like piranha eater, piranha desroyer, Wolf Fish, Trahira, Tiger Tetra, Wolf Tetra

The piranha, which lurks in the rivers of the Amazon, is indeed one of the most popular, tenacious and truly a legendary predator on the face of the planet. They are well known to attack other species of fish as well as small animals for snacks. The piranhas are equipped with speed, brutal attacking skills and razor sharp teeth that makes them consummate hunters in the wild. Many TV documentaries, articles, tales and even films were whipped out about these savage and ferocious carnivores. The piranhas are considered to be on the top of the food chain in the Amazon jungle.

But there is another specie of fish with an unusual name, that,is the “piranha eater,” or the “piranha destroyer”. Interesting isn’t it, imagine, there is a specie of fish that is more horrible and aggressive than the enigmatic piranhas. Is this true?

Hmmm, well, can be partly true, since the piranha eater can have a piranha as part of its diet. As a fish tank enthusiast I learned that in an aquarium setting the bigger fish will likely gobble up the smaller fish with gusto and these can be the same in the wild where these creatures thrives. In plain words, a smaller fish can be part of the appetite of the bigger fish. If you place a small piranha inside a fish tank with school of piranha eaters the hapless piranha will surely end up as a snack, and the same can be said to the small piranha eater placed in the company of a school of piranhas. Indeed, size does matter in the fish world

Piranha eater photo from mypalhs.com
Piranha eater photo from mypalhs.com

Here are some helpful facts and information about the piranha eaters or piranha destroyer:

  • A Characin, just like the famous Tetra.
  • Have the scientific name Hoplias Malabaricus that belongs to the Erythinidae Family.
  • A bottom dweller.
  • A predatory fish that hunt fish, shrimp, tadpoles and other smaller animals that fits on its wide mouth.
  • In aquarium, you may feed this with bits of cooked or raw mussels, prawns, and fishes. Usually nocturnal you may give them some food to devour during at night.
  • They can grow to as big as 20 cms. and you might consider buying them in the months ahead bigger aquariums (about 75 gallons will do).
  • Are great jumpers like the arowanas, make sure that the fish tank is covered heavily.
  • Can be joined with other aggressive fishes like the Peacock Bass, Speckled Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Silver Arowana, Dragon Fins or Bichirs and Snakeheads.
  • Also called Wolf Fish, Trahira, Tiger Tetra, Wolf Tetra and Mud Characin.

Reference: Animal Scene

My 29th Hub in the 60dc Challenge

The Piranha Eater Video from YouTube.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot guys for the visit...

      @Angel - yeah I enjoyed reading articles in Animal Scene and it is fun writing articles about some of them... It is a privilege to have you here.

      @mcquee - thanks for the kind words...

      @chapter - yeah it is similar to snakehead fish but they are definitely not cousins.

    • profile image

      Angel Ampil 

      7 years ago

      But thanks for mentioning the pic came from mypalhs.com where I do post my fishes and mentioning my article in Animal Scene Magazine as reference.

      I'm cool with that

      Maraming salamat

    • profile image

      Angel Ampil 

      7 years ago

      Here's another of my pics...

    • Chapter profile image

      Chapter 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      The fish is similar to snakehead fish. Can the fish eat or kill a group of piranha? see my blog http://newaquarium.blogspot.com

    • mquee profile image

      mquee 

      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Good hub and information. This is the first time I have heard of this fish. Thanks.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah it is HH...

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      It just proofs that there is always something or somebody bigger or more ferious about. Thank you for a very interesting information.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Hehehe thanks a lot!

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Awesome hub!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)