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Starting a New Piranha Aquarium, Could Use some Help
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February 17, 2014
6:01 am
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Gretchen
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I have been in the aquarium industry for some time but have never kept piranhas. I figured I would start up a tank for piranhas. I have 3 other aquariums but just bought another 75 gallon tank for these piranhas. Can someone give me some help on what to look for as far as where to buy them and how to setup the tank.

 

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February 17, 2014
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Where are you located? This may have significant impact on where you can source them.

With only 75 gallons to play with (in this my views differ somewhat from the profile here http://www.seriouslyfish.com/s.....nattereri/, which otherwise should be regarded as an excellent start point), you're really looking at one of the smaller solitary species, as groups of Piranhas make significant demands on aquarium space and filtration. They can be messy eaters, which will produce large amounts of nitrogenous waste following a feed, so your filters need to be able to process ammonia and nitrite quickly, while still able to deal with the fact that inbetween feeds there'll be a much-reduced level. I suppose the obvious suggestions would be sand substrate, some well-chosen pieces of wood or other decor, subdued lighting or floating plants, submersed plants completely up to the keeper, good flow to lift debris to the filter system and provide exercise, neutral pH (in a soft water area it could be an idea to include something calcareous in the filter system to provide a buffer, this will avoid pH crashes and help with filter efficiency), 30-50% water changes weekly with suitable testing to ensure that this regime is keepin water quality sufficiently high.

I'd always look to feed food that is fairly low in marine-origin oils, so no mackerel, salmon, herring or whitebait.

February 19, 2014
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You're absolutely right Pete and fully agreed that P. nattereri needs a huge tank - that's one of the oldest profiles on the site and hasn't been touched for years. Will amend that dodgy info now.

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March 14, 2014
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What do you mean dodgy info?

Is a 75 gallon not enough or what? What If I start them as juveniles?

March 15, 2014
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No, a 75 gallon is not enough.

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March 18, 2014
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Juveniles, fed correctly, will very quickly cease to be juveniles, and will then require much larger quarters, when you'll then have all the issues with territoriality in a new space.

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