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Old 21-05-2013, 09:28 AM
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Been looking at these for a while and contemplating just going for it, anyone got any experience of keeping these?
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Old 21-05-2013, 09:30 PM
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yes my family had a group of 10. when growing up in germany.

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Old 21-05-2013, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jamie2011 View Post
Been looking at these for a while and contemplating just going for it, anyone got any experience of keeping these?
Yes, I would recommend a small shoal in a large tank, as they can get to 12" or more, and prefer to be with others of their own kind. Soft, slightly acidic water suits them best and I would say get an external power filter, as they I produce a lot of waste; they go into a frenzy at feeding time!

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Old 21-05-2013, 10:02 PM
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Get some fake fish. Just as exciting.
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Old 21-05-2013, 10:08 PM
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Awesome fish loved feeding times lol.
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Old 21-05-2013, 10:33 PM
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I just upgraded to a 5x2x2 tanks for a shoal of 6 adults. Ive got two externals running for these guys (reccomendation is to have a turnover of 6-8 tank volume per hour, SO A LOT). Ive been told that they are very boring but then what about snakes etc? I just like the species
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Old 22-05-2013, 10:57 PM
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Kept in small numbers I found this species very nervous. I had four in a 5x2x2. Thought it kinder to take them to London Zoo after 6 months or so to donate to the aquarium.
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Old 22-05-2013, 11:41 PM
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They are interesting sometimes.. Lol.. I had some years back.. I.would.certainly recommend lots and lots of.filtration..


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Old 23-05-2013, 09:09 AM
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Lots of info regarding piranha below
piranha forums for Red Belly, Piraya, Rhom, and so much more
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:12 PM
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Contrary to popular belief, Piranha are actually quite shy fish and can be very nervous. A large tank with good filtration is required as they are messy fish and if when you go buy some from a shop, if you see any with nipped fins don't worry about them having torn or ripped fins as it's a sign of active feeding fish as when they feed they can and do nip each other.
A large shoal of Red Bellied's do look impressive but it won't stay that way and you will end up with a few large "fat" ones as they can and will eat each other. Lots of people try these fish then move on to others as they can be boring but one mans meat and one mans poison etc and you never know they may just be your cup of tea. They are odd balls and I like odd balls although I never owned these.
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