Smiling_angel4 2007-10-25 09:29:43
I was browsing around the tanks at a local pet store (in the US) and I
came across a tank that had 1 small spotted fish with an underbite and
a redish belly. The tank was labeled “red bellied piranha”. Isn’t that
illegal? I have always wanted one, and would it be ok if I bought it?
Could it be a Pacu? How can you tell? No, I have never (and will
never) release fish into the wild.
Netmax 2007-10-25 09:29:53
The legality might vary by state. In general, the further north you are,
the less likely it is to become invasive if set loose.
I think that the most obvious difference which could be easily described,
between a young Pacu and a similarly sized (and coloured) Piranha is the
visible teeth on the Piranha. I believe Pacus have chewing teeth in the
back of their mouth, near their throat.
Smiling_angel4 2007-10-25 09:29:57
We are in MN. Would a piranha be ok with 2 oscars and a 5 inch
needlenose gar? One is 7 inches, the other is 4 inches. I think that
the pirnaha is 2 inches. Are they hard to take care of? I did some
research, and they don’t sound hard to care for. Would one beat up the
oscars? Right now, what worries me is that 1) the piranha will
probably be way too aggressive 2) the oscars eating it!
Luminos 2007-10-25 09:29:58
You should know that these are the most skittish, scared fish that need room
and hate company. We kept a tank with some in the Midwest and they were,
frankly, pretty uninteresting.
Netmax 2007-10-25 09:30:00
Piranhas don’t make good company for other fish. They bite them. It is
not pretty to see an Oscar with a 1/2″ in diameter piece missing from its
body. Piranhas don’t even make very good company for each other. They
have a pack mentality, and can be very skittish. When nervous or hungry,
they take bites out of each other.
If you have just one, and can keep it from hiding, they are very easy to
take care of. They grow fast, eat everything meaty and are quite hardy.
If you have more than one, then you are getting into larger tanks, and
much more feedings. Keep them with lots of swimming room, shelter, away
from traffic, shadows etc, and water should not be too warm. If you
forget to feed them, they will help themselves, to each other.
A-shamrock4u 2007-10-25 09:30:10
We can’t get them here in Virginia.
E.otter 2007-10-25 09:58:38
Not necessarily. I live in MA and was browsing a local fish store when I
overheard a customer ask about piranha’s. The store clerk replied that
piranha’s were illegal with a fine upto $500 per fish. Killed that
customer’s interest in nothing flat.
Netmax 2007-10-25 09:58:49
Agreed, just a generality. Glolight danios are illegal in Canada, but do
you think they could survive a Canadian winter? When borders and
politics are involved, logic is a fantasy ;~)