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    Default Pirhana Tank size?


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    Hi i'm new here. Just wondering if it's possible to temporarily house three red-belly pirhanas (each being about 0.75 inches) in a 16 gallon bowfront? Thanks

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    While I'm no expert on these fish, I'm wondering how "temporary" this tank would be - are you aware that they are happier in a larger group?

    If you haven't purchased them yet, I'd recommend finding out the correct tank they'd need at full size and put them in that instead. It can be dangerous putting fish into a smaller tank and then the "temporary" becomes longer than you expected.

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    If we are talking a week, sure, a month, no... And you need to think about 10 in a 180gal or more at the end of that road.

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    As a quarantine tank it would be possible.

    Long term accomodations... I wouldn;t want to do this in anything smaller than a 5ft. It's not a terribly active species but they do need a group and some swimming space. Good filtration too!

    Another comment, which I sincerely hope is not needed in this case, some teen boys buy these fish because they want a feeding frenzy, they want to feed live fish and small rodents and see them getting torn up. Anyone wants that may well be better off getting a big cichlid like a JD.

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    funny thing is, they really don't feed like everyone thinks, only under extreme conditions do they "frenzy" anything alive

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    The reason I'm asking is that I'm going to want to keep these fish for about 1.5 years. Once they reach 4", I will most likely upgrade to a 55 gallon. Once they reach 8 to 9" in there, I'll give them to my LFS, who will happily take them into their 160 gallon display tank. I have multiple FS in the area who will take pirhanas of that size. The reason I want these is that I like how they look, not for a feeding frenzy.

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