Hoplias malabaricus is a large, predatory fish and is not suited at all for the aquarium in our home. They should be kept in a large public aquarium in a zoo. Do not combine with small fish as they will likely be mistaken for food and eaten. The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones. Some well anchored, hard plants can be used as a decoration as well. A strong filter is recommended. Mature animals bite very quick.
This species was first described in 1794 by Bloch.
Synonyms: Esox malabaricus, Macrodon malabaricus, Hoplias malabarica, Synodus tareira, Synodus palustris, Erythrinus trahira, Erythrinus macrodon, Macrodon tareira, Macrodon ferox, Esox tararira.
You should give them large live food such as fish. Fishmeat and beefheart are accepted as well. Young fish accept dry food after habituation.
Breeding Hoplias malabaricus
Breeding is not possible in the aquarium at home.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie