video shows a group of Piranha Fish
all about 6" long. They had just been
fed pieces of fish, and their stomachs
is a closer view of a Piranha. Piranha
Fish seem to spend most of their time
eating and then resting after a big
Pygocentrus nattereri. Click
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information about the scientific names for many
are illegal to import, to sell, or to own in the
state of California, where our facility is located
in San Diego. 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.
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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water, special fish, and special decorations in
Amazon River Aquariums.
are some 6" long Piranhas sale that are showing
good color with bright orange on their
bodies and dark red fins.
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
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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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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
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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.
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.
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.
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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 8".
of Piranha can grow to be 18". Their lifespan is
unknown to us, but they probably live for at least
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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.