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Old 20-07-2014, 12:29 AM
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Have a think about bucktooth tetra. They're literally the Hollywood idea of piranhas - swirling ball of death.

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Have a think about bucktooth tetra. They're literally the Hollywood idea of piranhas - swirling ball of death.

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They're a great alternative. Give you a show without all the hassle. Forgot all about those. Well played.
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Old 26-07-2014, 02:26 PM
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I've kept many piranha over the years, from rhoms to wild pygos of different types.
It's very rare for a rhom to get over the 16" mark in captivity unless imported near that size and kept for years as they have a very slow growth rate, I've known some to grow 1" in 2 years.
I had a 12.5" blue diamond rhom, think he was the 2nd biggest diamond in the uk at the time, lovely big thing, used to finger chase, didn't mind your hand in the tank for cleaning and was stunning, I'll see if I can dig some pictures out.
My pygos (red bellies, caribe, piraya) were always very skittish, feeding was good to watch but besides that they weren't very active, you have to prepare yourself for some cannibalism between them also (a bit gutting if you've spent £100 on an imported piraya to find it has been eaten the next day)

There's also the option of smaller serras such as sanchezi, spilo, maculatus, compresus, elong who all don't max out in giant sizes but still need a decent sized tank for them (never keep anything with them in my experience)

As also been stated, filteration is key with any piranha as water params can change very quickly web cause of their diet and you can't skip water changes.

I've got a new s.maculatus coming on Tuesday and I can't wait to get it.

If you need any info please feel free to PM me as I'd be more than happy to help.
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My old 12.5" blue diamond rhom
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My old 12.5" blue diamond rhom
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Sadly couldn't like it more than once. A beautiful, beautiful fish.
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Amazon Basin have got a 16" Rhom in now. I get that's ridiculously impressive. It'd look brilliant in a massive tank as a show fish.
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Old 26-07-2014, 03:36 PM
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Amazon Basin have got a 16" Rhom in now. I get that's ridiculously impressive. It'd look brilliant in a massive tank as a show fish.
I've never had the pleasure of dealing with Martin personally, I know people who have and he has imported some amazing Ps, 16" is an absolute beast of a P.

Get a nice 6x2x2 for it mate, it would look nice in the living room lol
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I've never had the pleasure of dealing with Martin personally, I know people who have and he has imported some amazing Ps, 16" is an absolute beast of a P.

Get a nice 6x2x2 for it mate, it would look nice in the living room lol
Can't sadly. My retics and parrot are in the front room. And I really can't be bothered with the massive water changes. Been there and done it. Not for me. I'd love a little tank though with an arrowhead (pignose) puffer. 1 bucket out, one bucket in water change done.
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Sadly couldn't like it more than once. A beautiful, beautiful fish.
Cheers mate, it's one I wish I never got rid of, he was a cracker.
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Old 26-07-2014, 03:42 PM
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Can't sadly. My retics and parrot is in the front room. And I really can't be bothered with the massive water changes. Been there and done it. Not for me. I'd look a little tank though with an arrowhead (pignose) puffer. 1 bucket out, one bucket in water change done.
I'm the same, just gonna stick to the 1 small Serra just now, it's only like 3", he's going to go into a 24"x16"x12" just now for a grow on tank then will upgrade him into a 3x2x2 eventually and that should do him for life, maculatus don't get much over 8-9" in captivity so should be pretty happy with that.
Can't wait for it to get delivered
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