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    Hi all,

    Ive got a 150 Gallon Tank consisting of the following inventory of fish, and am looking to keep a Pair of Red Piranhas.

    2 X Butterfly Fish
    6 X Clown Loaches
    3 X Golden Gauramis
    3 X Silver Sharks
    3 X Dwarf Gauramis
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    1 X Siamese Fighting Fish (Will be getting 3 females)

    Ive been reading up on Reds, and from what ive come accross, they are territorial, placid (For its reputation) and like hiding and lots of cover, adn a large tank. Got this covered, but am concerned about the addition of this fish to the community. I really only want a pair as I feel that any more of a shoal will be too large, and the rest fo teh community put at risk, but am open to suggestions.

    My question is, what is the nature of this fish in a community tank and what information would I be best looking at in retrospect of keeing these fine fish.

    Thanks

    Kai

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    You won't have anything on that list if you get a Piranha.

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    Cheers for that!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaimarkhirst
    Cheers for that!!!!
    You want all your fish to be eaten? How cruel can you be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AABatteries
    You want all your fish to be eaten? How cruel can you be?
    i think he means cheers for the answer

    but yeah, no for piranhas in that tank. piranhas arent as vicious as most people make them out to be, but nature would take its course in your tank

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    Piranha aren't community fish, they're community fish eaters. They are, however, schooling fish, and keeping 2 isn't a good idea.

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    Always remember your fish will always do what nature intended them to do, they dont learn tricks nor get civilized, they are still wild animals and will eat everything they can fit into their mouths.

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    I can tell you from first hand experience, anything that goes into a tank, no matter how big it is, will be turned into piranha poop.


    I had a 13" red bellied in a tank by itself. Long story short, a friend was house sitting, a tank got smashed and he needed a place to put my 8" ghost clown knifefish. The piranha had already been fed that day but the knife only lasted al of three minutes.

    Plecos, catfish or any other type of "cleaner" is fair game too.

    Expect a huge bio load on your tank from all the waste and plan to do water changes 1-2 times a week, minimum.

    You will have a very difficult time feeding the fish anything but live food so be prepared for the expense associated with that. I used to buyminnows from a local bait shop as it was cheaper than feeders from the LFS.

    That 150g is a perfect size for a piranha tank, just don't get too many. They will get to be a foot long so I'd say 3-4 max. Many people will buy baby red-bellied pirahna by the dozen because they are cheap and a school of piranha is something amazing to watch. Just remember, they will get big!
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    Well if you really want to have the pirahnas then do it,fish eating fish is the most natural thing and i dont think presenting your new pirahnas with a banquet is suck a bad idea (either way hes gonna have to feed them live pray so be it) just prepare for the show. It may be cruel but watching piranhas eat its a pretty amazing thing i found some time ago a couple of videos in youtube of this, the videos are really gruesome but well nature is gruesome sometimes, i plan to have a lion fish, altho less bloody it also feeds live pray so...

    Im not cruel, i love fish and have kept fish all my life i just dont think it is cruel to feed live stuff to an animal thats suposed to do so.
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    We at AC are not advocates of cruelty nor do we show it here on the forum. Therefore, those video's have been removed.

    And sticking a Piranha in a tank where other peaceful fish can not escape and left to the mercury of being shredded is really quite sickening and as a person who cares for her fish, find this disgusting.

    The fish are not "supposed" to be piranha food.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 03-11-2009 at 02:07 AM.

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