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    the only pirahna i have is a stuffed one on my desk, (i can tease it all i want without it biting my finger off) so any ways i am thinking about getting a real one though......hmmmmmm
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    Quote (drosera @ Oct. 21 2002,6:55)
    By the way, if you get some, make sure to gt at least 3-4. They are actually a bit of a schooling fish, and seem to need the company of their own kind. One or 2 alone would probably be stressed.

    Take care!

    Chris[/QUOTE]
    but make sure ther're all the same size, or they'll eat each other!
    Spectabilis73

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    Quote (eplants02 @ Oct. 21 2002,6:10)
    Cephalotus88,
    I'm positive that they are piranhas. Their belly was red.[/QUOTE]
    well, I have two pacus.( red belly pacus) yours might be just red belly pacus, not piranhas. the person working at the pet store just said that to make you buy them, or doesn't know what he/shes saying. one of my pacus has a red belly, and one has a white belly, (I'm guessing the white bellyed one is a female, and the red a male.) if they are pacus, don't get them a smaller tank two start with. I got the two pacus in late July/early Aug. 2002. They were the size of silver dollars at that time, I thought it would take a years for them to grow to a foot, but the one whith a red belly is over 8 in. long! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I gave themfor the first month or two, Tetras " Tetra, Natures Delica" along with flakes, and they grew like plants with a million pounds of Miricle grow! then I stopped giving them the "Miricle Grow" and gave them regular Tetra fish flakes, Hikari algea wafers, and Hikary tubifex worms. Today I give them the same stuff, but I have recently added Hikary Cichlid Staple,Large Pellet, to their diet.
    Hope I could help

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    I think pacus are alot better because they don't bite, and you can hand feed them. (well, it took a couple months to train them not to nibble my fingers while hand feeding) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    D@mn, I would get one in a heart beat...missed my chance when I was younger. Til this day I wish I had of purchased one. That would be sweet to have a Gar pike, South American blue gill, Oscar, and a Red belly pirhana. *drooling* *evil giggle* The true “tank of terror”! Watch them kill other fish...Mother Nature can be so wicked and I am here to see it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    travis

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    They are true pirhanas as they live in parts of the Nile River in South America.
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    Just make sure when you get tired of them you don't release them into the neighborhood crick... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Me again,

    What Spectabilis says about getting the same size is very true, though to be honest, piranhas will even sometimes eat conspecifics of the same size too, though this usually only happens when they are young, and something "unusual" has happened, like one of them getting injured.

    I've been out of the aquarium loop for a couple of years, but the last I heard is that piranhas were only forbidden only in certain states, mostly in the south. If eplants lives in a more northern state, then he can still probably get them easily. It's not impossible that a salesperson could lead him astray (on purpose or not), but it would not be the norm in this particular circumstance, especially since any pet store selling piranhas where illegal could get into a lot of trouble.

    Friendly correction: The Nile is in Africa. Piranhas come from the Amazon river system.

    Parasuco, not much. ;-)

    Take care!

    Chris

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    Quote (Travis @ Oct. 22 2002,4:40)
    Factoid:
    They are true pirhanas as they live in parts of the Nile River in South America.[/QUOTE]
    Really, The Nile River in in Africa, and what you are talking about is prob. The Amazon River. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote (drosera @ Oct. 22 2002,5:59)
    Me again,

    What Spectabilis says about getting the same size is very true, though to be honest, piranhas will even sometimes eat conspecifics of the same size too, though this usually only happens when they are young, and something "unusual" has happened, like one of them getting injured.

    I've been out of the aquarium loop for a couple of years, but the last I heard is that piranhas were only forbidden only in certain states, mostly in the south. If eplants lives in a more northern state, then he can still probably get them easily. It's not impossible that a salesperson could lead him astray (on purpose or not), but it would not be the norm in this particular circumstance, especially since any pet store selling piranhas where illegal could get into a lot of trouble.

    Friendly correction: The Nile is in Africa. Piranhas come from the Amazon river system.

    Parasuco, not much. ;-)

    Take care!

    Chris[/QUOTE]
    oops you typed the same thing and posted it one minute before me. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

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