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    Hello,
    The monterey bay aquarium didn't take the pacus [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] . So, my only choice is to sell them to the petstore, for 8 dollars each. They will be put in a large tank, 200 gallons I think. Since I've been feeding them grapes, they have grown alot! The larger pacu is now 4 inches wide! ALL muscle (sp?)! My pleco gets some of the graps, and now he is 2 inches fat, and a foot long!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I am moving them in a 23 galon bucket. After I use it to transfer the pacus, I am going to make it a huge mini bog! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I am going to miss the pacus though... If I am sad or stressed, I just go to my pacu tank. They make me fell better, no matter what. I'm gonna miss that... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] any suggestions on moving the pacus? Thanks,
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    Hi Spec,

    Sorry you have to loose your pets. The bucket should be ok to move them in. If they are really big, maybe a separate bucket for each one. Also, large Igloo ice chests make great moving containers as they have lids and pacus jump when caught or spooked. Be sure you have something to cover the bucket the moment you put the pacus in there. Use a BIG net or 2 to catch them as they flop around with real strength. Don't feed them for a day before you move them to clean their insides out. Just use their tank water in the bucket. It should be fine. The only issuses are their jumping and their size, so covers and room is all that is needed. What will you put in the tank now? Sometimes fish stores will give you more in trade than in cash for fish.

    Bobby

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    Quote (biggun110 @ July 10 2003,07:10)
    Hi Spec,

    Sorry you have to loose your pets. The bucket should be ok to move them in. If they are really big, maybe a separate bucket for each one. Also, large Igloo ice chests make great moving containers as they have lids and pacus jump when caught or spooked. Be sure you have something to cover the bucket the moment you put the pacus in there. Use a BIG net or 2 to catch them as they flop around with real strength. Don't feed them for a day before you move them to clean their insides out. Just use their tank water in the bucket. It should be fine. The only issuses are their jumping and their size, so covers and room is all that is needed. What will you put in the tank now? Sometimes fish stores will give you more in trade than in cash for fish.

    Bobby[/QUOTE]
    I like the bucket more, as the igloo containers are night deep enough, nor wide enough, for the pacus. I do have a large clear plastic bin, I think I'll move them in there if it's possible. I'm thinking of trading them in for a fogger/humidifyer, I'll have to ask if they will let me trade [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] I'm not sure what i'll put in the tank, I might make it a cichlid tank, a reef tank, or just a terrarium for my cps. thanks for your help bobby! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I'll let you know how it goes.
    -Spec
    P.S.- I like using the pillow case, it was more effective, I could close the top of the case, so they can't flop out. the only nets I saw big enough to catch the pacus had the metal rims, I don't like those, as the fish can get hurt with them. any help with the pleco? last time I moved him he stabbed me real hard! Oh, and how big can they get? Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi Spec,

    Funny, I was gonna write and suggest that a pillow case would probably be best if they were really big pacus. I'd use it on the pleco too. You can hold the pleco by putting your hand over his back in front of his dorsal fin and having him between your index finger and thumb. That way he can't stick you (hurts&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] but he can still thrash about and fall out of your grip! That pleco gets 2-3 feet if it's the basic type. In the wild they can get 4 feet!
    Hey, why not make it a killie tank? How big is it?

    Bobby [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    its a 125 gallon tank [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    Wow, thats huge! I didn't know plecos got that big!
    Just wondering, what does pacu meat taste like? I heard it tasted really good, and it is found in fancy restaraunts. Don't worry, I would never eat my pacus! Even if I did, I would get sick form the chemicals I've added in the water (de-clorinator, etc)
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    hope your pacus get a newbetter home , and that pleco , man thats huge , the biggest pleco i ever had was 8 inches . i don't think 8 bucks is a good price in exchange for those pacus but if you must then i'd take it if you have no room for him . plecos may look sluggish slow moving fish but they dash very fast so you must be quick witted to catched them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] . in exchange for the fish i'd either go for an arowana ( but if you get and arowana then keep the pleco ) or that fogger ( over here they sell em for 90 bucks ) .

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    Hi Spec,

    Just wondering, have you ever thought about replacing the pacus with severums or uarus? They both get large and round but would love a 125. There is a new species of severum out there that has a big red band running down its head and through its eye. Gold severums are gorgeous too. If you want a really smart cool tough fish get a dovii cichlid -- they are bad bad bad. He'd take the whole tank and watch you all the time. A bunch of various dwarf cichlids (Apistos, Nanos, Pelviachromis) running all over the bottom and making caves would be cool. There is always discus.

    Bobby

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    biggun i remember talking to spect on aol and asked him about the tank he said he got to good of a deal for it and didnt want to work out a deal
    sorry
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