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Piranha
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  This video shows a group of Piranha Fish all about 6" long. They had just been fed pieces of fish, and their stomachs were bulging.
 
  Here is a closer view of a Piranha. Piranha Fish seem to spend most of their time eating and then resting after a big meal.
 

Scientific Name
Pygocentrus nattereri. Click here for more information about the scientific names for many Piranha species.

 

Comments
Piranha 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 States.

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 fish.

Reports 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.
 
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Piranha Fish about 6" long. AquariumFish.net, Tropical Fish stores, does not sell piranha fish.   Here are some 6" long Piranhas sale that are showing good color with bright orange on their bodies and dark red fins.
 
 

Appropriate Home
An 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 tap water.

 
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Recommended Diet
Piranhas 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 feeding fish.

 
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Compatibility
Piranha 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 here for more information about Plecostomus.

A 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.

In 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.

Every 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.

Click 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.
 
 
Piranha fish
 
Shown above is a nice group with many Piranhas for sale, varying in size from about 5" to about 8".
 

Size and Lifespan
This species of Piranha can grow to be 18". Their lifespan is unknown to us, but they probably live for at least several years.

 
Click here to go on to another page in this web site with Customer Comments and our Replies about Piranha Fish.
 
 
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. Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this 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.
 
 
Piranhas. Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Piranhas: Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity
By Manolito Pinkguni
Paperback. 64 pages. Highly  recommended.
 
 
Piranhas in the Aquarium. Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Piranhas in the Aquarium
By Wolfgang Schulte, Wolfgang Shulte
Hardcover
 
 
Piranhas. Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Piranhas (Animals of the Rain Forest)
By Sam Dollar
Library Binding
32 pages
 
 
Book about Piranhas. Click on this image to go to the page in Amazon.com, where this book is listed for sale. Killer Instincts: Piranha - Wolf in the  Water (1999)
DVD, Color
Rated NR
 
 
Click here for a complete list of books about Piranha Fish at Amazon.com.
 
Click here to go on to another page in this web site with Customer Comments and our Replies about Piranha Fish for sale.
 
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