shows a group of Piranha Fish
all about 6" long. They had just
been fed pieces of fish, and their
stomachs were bulging.
a closer view of a Piranha. Piranha
Fish seem to spend most of their
time eating and then resting after
a big meal.
Pygocentrus nattereri. Click
more information about the scientific names
for many Piranha species.
Fish are illegal to import, to sell, or to own
in the state of California, where our facility
is located in San Diego, California. So we don't
have any Piranha Fish in facilities. They are
also illegal in some other states in the United
There are many
species of fish in the subfamily Serrasalminae
that are all called Piranhas. Pygocentrus nattereri,
the Red Belly Piranha, is the most popular Piranha
of Piranhas biting people in their native habitats
are rare, so the danger of Piranhas is exaggerated.
But Piranhas have bitten people who put their
hands in an aquarium full of Piranhas. Maybe
those Piranhas had been under-fed.
for more information about the special water,
special fish, and special decorations in Amazon
some 6" long Piranhas sale that
are showing good color with bright
orange on their bodies and dark
aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water and
eventually much bigger aquarium with an
exterior power filter with a
bio-wheel, and a maximum of 1/4-inch of
gravel. The water temperature should be
between 75 and 80 degrees F. Click
here for more about warm water aquariums.
Wild Piranhas and young Piranhas do better in
water with lower minerals and lower pH. The
recommended water is a mixture of mostly Reverse
Osmosis (R/O) Water and some aged tap water.
Some Piranhas can acclimate to more normal aged
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will eat flake food and freeze dried blood worms
when small. As they grow bigger they prefer
to eat chunks of fish or beef and feeder fish
such as feeder comets. Click
here for more general information about
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Fish have always been illegal in the state of
California, where we have always lived, so we
don't have any first hand experience with Piranhas.
But I have seen Piranhas in the same aquarium
with various types of Plecostomus Catfish. Click
for more information about Plecostomus.
long time ago there was an interesting fish
store, named AAA Aquarium, in San Diego. We
used to visit this store at least once a month
and sell the owner, Mrs. Hansen, a few fish
that we'd raised. She often had Piranhas and
told us that they came into her store as stowaways
in bags of fish containing Silver Dollars or
Pacus, which are fish that are closely related
to Piranha and look similar.
one aquarium at AAA Aquarium there was one Piranha
Fish about 5" long and a pair of Convict Cichlids
that were 1.5" to 2" long. The pair of Convicts
kept the Piranha way up in one corner of the
aquarium. If the Piranha moved down even a couple
of inches, the Convicts would immediately swim
up and nip the Piranha, until it returned to
the corner. The small Convict Cichlids had trained
the Piranha to say in the corner.
time I was in the store, I would stand and watch
this aquarium for 10 or 15 minutes and thought
it was great fun to watch the small Cichlids
discipline the much bigger Piranha.
here to read more general information about
several other groups of compatible fish.
A single large Piranha for sale, shown above,
swimming in a large dark aquarium.
Shown above is a nice group with many Piranhas
for sale, varying in size from about 5" to about
Size and Lifespan
species of Piranha can grow to be 18". Their
lifespan is unknown to us, but they probably
live for at least several years.
to go on to another page in this web site with
Customer Comments and our Replies about Piranha
Books and DVDs
The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the image or the title of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book
is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
Piranhas: Everything ...
By David M. Schleser, David Wenzel (Illustrator), David H. Schleser
Paper Back, 96 pages. A book that is highly recommended by our friend David Schleser.