Red-Bellied Piranhas

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Are you ready to see some red-bellied piranhas?  The Piranha Tank, presented by Sun Pet Ltd. and sponsored by Hikari® will allow an up-close look at the red-bellied piranha which are shimmering gray-blue with a radiantly red underside. The most popular type of Piranha fish, the Red-Bellied Piranha are known for their sharp teeth that are actually sharper than shark teeth and originate from the freshwater rivers in the tropics throughout South America.

A few fun facts about Piranhas:

Red piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) swimming underwater~  They can weigh up to 3 pounds and measure between 8 and 15 inches in length.

~  Their average lifespan is up to eight years.

~  The name piranha means “cuts the skin” and comes from the South American native language Tupi-guarani.

~  Female piranhas reproduce by laying thousands of eggs near water plants. The eggs stick then to the plants and the male swims by and fertilizes them.

~  Piranhas do not replace their teeth individually, but in quarters.

~  Red-bellied piranhas are especially known for traveling in packs, or shoals.

Learn more about these awesome fish this weekend at the Aquatic Experience, located at the Schaumburg Convention Center – 1551 N. Thoreau Dr. Schaumburg, Illinois 60173!

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Aquatic Eperience Chicago | November 7-9, 2014 | Schaumburg Convention Center