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hi again can you help as im pretty confused, i want to get some rbp but from reading other posts its seems there more than one type iv kind of picked up on that it depends on the location they were captured, can you tell me do all rbp look the same but have different names for there locations, i saw a picture saying cariba and it was identical to the rbp at the aquarium, please shead some light on the situation for me. cheers.
 

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There are only two kinds of RBPs, wild caught or super red, and just normal. The difference between the two is that the super RBPs are wild caught, while normal RBPs are captive bred. The supers generally have more coloration and some people even say they are more aggressive, but it usually depends on the individual fish.
 

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Red Bellys are part of the Pygo family and their real name is Pygocentrus Natteri.

There are four different types of Pygos, Caribe is just a different type. The other kind is Piraya and terns. They all have different features and colors, but they all can be shoaled together.

Edit: sorry forgot abotu terns
 

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ads910 said:
so what is the real name for the red bellied piranha and what is a cariba,
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they are three different types of pygo species: the caribes, nats, and the piraya. the caribe or cariba which ever you want to call them ( also known as a serrasalmus notatus) but it's the same fish, is identified by their distinct black spot right behind their gill plate and sometimes the redness will not be as great on their bellys. the caribes are considered the most aggressive in the pygo species. they will eat and eat and ask for more. the caribe species have been known to grow up to 14'' or bigger in the wild. there was once one that was caught in the waters in the upper south american region a long time ago that was measured at 19'' inches, but this is very rare.

the nats are your common red belly piranha. they are mostly identified by their blunt bulldog appearance and when they are juveniles they will be spotted, but the spots will go away with maturity. the ones caught in the wild are considered to be "super reds" because the wild ones have more color and brighter red on their belly than the tank raised piranha.

the piraya is very much like the reds but these guys get huge. they have been known to have more of a lighter color to them and their spots are really close together when they are juveniles. these fish can also grow up to 14'' in length in the wild.:nod: but to answer your question they all can be considered "red bellys" since they mostly all have red to orange coloration under their belly. but only the natteri's have the common name applied to them as red belly piranhas.
 
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