Unfortunately they grow really fast in captivity and require a fish tank of at least 500 gallons in order to keep them long term. These fish have been know to live over 20 years and can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh over 50 pounds. Because of this, pet owners have illegally been releasing them into local waters in America and Europe causing problems to the environment.
It’s illegal to do so in my places because these pacu fish are an invasive species, eating most of the local fish food supply and risking the safety of the wildlife in the northern rivers and lakes. These fish have recently been caught in Illinois, Denmark, Sweden, and this month in a river in Paris, France.
These worst part of all, is that they have been rumored to bite human testicles. Yes, you read it right, testicles. There have been rumors in both Brazil & Papua New Guinea that these river monsters have bitten off the testicles of several fisherman and swimmers unexpectedly all resulting in fatalities as these men all bleed to death before getting help.
by Epic Wildlife