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Jamie in california - 2010-06-15
I was lied to by a pet shop employee that the fish I was buying was as big as it was ever going to get. Two years later I now have only one fish left in my tank and he's the size of half my 55 gal tank. After doing lots of research I found my fish(black pacu)was going to get much bigger. I knew I needed another tank but was confused as to size 200-500 gal? What to feed? So I went to a Man that has owned the longest living captive pacu named buttkiss who is 42 years old and has lived in a 75 gal tank.
He said a 120 gal is big enough for one pacu. So a thank you to Steve Grubel the owner of buttkiss for taking the time to give me the info. I was about to give up on my beloved only fish. Now I'm off to buy my fish(now named buttkiss2) a new tank and I still be able to house my self and butkiss2. Thanks again steve but I'll probably be calling you again to ask how do I get him out of the 55 gal to put him 120 gal? haha




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  • joe - 2011-03-22
    A 120 gal is not nearly big enough for a pacu. The fish "butkiss" has been in a tiny tank for way too long. I honestly don't know how that fish is still alive. I'm not one of those crazy fish people that think fish are anything but pets or dinner, but you need to know when it gets cruel..... a black pacu needs a massive tank or pond. Don't be fooled.
  • Clint - 2012-02-05
    I totally agree it is cruel to keep a fish that size is a 120 or smaller. I know this for a fact, I have a 2ft long black pacu that I raised from a baby. Its been 10yrs now and he is my Monster and he is a smart one too but I do feel so sorry for him being is a small 120G and I wish so much to find him a New home like a zoo or someone whom has a 1000gallons or more. Problem for me is How do you remove a fish that Big? He is a Foot High, 2ft long a Very Strong. He is eats everything since he grew up with oscars.. He loves talapia and smelt and anything that looks like berries. He love to be hand fed too. Oh and note to anyone wanting one when they get really big like mine they also get really big teeth which love to nawh and rip anything hanging into the water. Ive also gone though alot of heaters too. Good luck
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-02-07
    To MOVE your fish, remembering the weight issue, get two strong outside garbage bags... double bag it, submerge it into the tank, scoot your Pacu into the bag with enough water to cover him up and LUG that sucker out! lol. You can empty him into a holding tank, while he waits for you to fill his new home, or if you are putting him directly in, remember you still need to float the bag to make the temperature the same, unless your thermometer is showing the new tank maybe the same temp or a few degrees higher. Get some help and make sure you have twisted and knotted that bag shut so WHEN he thrashes, you have a good grip on that knot! Getting some help may be the thing to do!
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-13
    Give the guy to the national zoo amazonia exibit. They have a school of like 12 pacu with some cichlids and an aropima in a like 8000 gallon tank. I think he would like living there. That goes for buttkiss to.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    It is wonderful to hear, that you as a fish owner have educated yourself in the requirements that the fish needs! Many aquartists, do not take the steps to do so. To remove him from the aquarium, you will need to have the 120 gallon properly set up, and then you will actually have to use a fishing net to remove him from the aquarium. Best of luck!
  • clint - 2012-10-13
    Hey all, Update.. Well it 2012 and I still have My Black Pacu Monster and I still have him in a 120gal. He grew a little longer but actually he got fat and still eating smelt. I wish there was a way to put pics on here so I could show you how Huge he is.. I've had him for over 10yrs and I'm still looking for a home for him.
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0768890875@vodamail.co.za - 2012-08-06
How long will it takes before the eggs is ready to brake open for life? Sorry my englich is bad.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    After the eggs are laid, if they are fertile, they will take about 3 - 4 days to hatch.
  • Annatjie - 2012-12-02
    Please help, my dollars (6 in a 200litter tank) look as if they lay egges, small tiny white stuff thin like hair on the glass of the tank and on the pots in the tank, in the mornings earrly the pots is cleaned and after a hour or so you see on the pots this look like dust or fine sand lite, lite broun, what is it it goes now for 2 week + and I don't se any black swimming. How big is the eggs and fry after. Please help me. This is the 1st time my Dollars done that, the water is clear and the temp is right. I have 8 diffrent tanks with diffrent fish spesies. All Tropical. My Guppies an d Mollies is get babys a lot on time. I had the fishes now 1 year. My Widows had I put also now in seperit tanks it looks lite they will also strat briding. I also don't now nothing about them. Pleasse can you help me. I will glad if you can give me advise or photos about the drifferent fishes and how it looks when they start breading and how it looks. Thank you very much.Annatjie
  • Annatjie - 2012-12-03
    I write a few minutes a go, now I see on the pots is white stuff look if they had a black spot inside. They lay between the lite brown stuff on the pots is this eggs and what will happen with them. In the evenings they are gone. Please help. Annatjie. Thank You.
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froody - 2007-03-19
i have 20 of these great fish in a 90 gallon heavily planted discus tank. They are great schoolers and swim around happily in all areas of the tank. I feed bloodworm, good flake, ciclid bits and shrimp in the tank, mainly because this is the discus diet, but the rummynoses love all of it! Excellent fish i would highly recommend them. Great colour if they are happy.

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T.J. - 2013-01-06
i have had black skirt tetra's for years,recently one become ready to lay egss,i put her in a breeding tank,within 3-4 days she seemed to lay eggs,becoming thin again..i removed her,returning her to the community tank,how long do eggs take to produce fry,what do eggs look like?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-07
    They are nearly transparent when they have just been released, and will hatch after 22-30 hours. It will take the fry 3-4 days to become free swimming.
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monica - 2013-01-06
i got these black neon tetras in my 48G tank with my zebra danios (5) , 8 white cloud mountain minnows, 1 bristle nose pleco and two hill stream loaches what i can say these fishes do get on well , swim fantastic together ( shoal together ) , show bright colors :) Now i am cycling my 16G long tank , planning to put a small group of black neon tetras (6) with a apple snail :), they are my favorite fish

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Jason Wicklund - 2012-01-08
Hey I have a 20 gallon with 5 black skirt tetras, 1 shubunkin goldfish, two bumble bee platies, 1 Bala Shark, 2 plecos, 1 guppy, 1 Cichlid, and 3 tiger barbs. My fish are very good together. The only problem I have is that My tetras aren't eating and I've only had them a day... Is that normal for them not to eat the first couple days?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-25
    The tiger barbs are probably stressing them
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-25
    Yeah they need to be kept in groups of at least six. If the cichlid is from Africa it could also stressing them out
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John Ho - 2012-12-16
URGENT! I bought 5 neon tetras and 10 guppys 6 months ago. Since i was a beginner then, i tend to wash my tank once a week due to my worry-ness that they die due to the bad water condition. I also feed them well with fish pellets twice a day. After a few weeks, my neon tetras died one by one showing no sign of diseases. They do get along well with the guppys so it was not caused by them neither. My water condition was still acceptable. Can anyone tell me what happen to them???:(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-16
    Your guppies should be fine companions for the Neons, and it sounds like you are good at keeping up with the water conditions. Neons are a funny sort. They are quite hardy if they are happy with their home, but sometimes making them comfortable can be a challenge. I had the same experience at one time that you are having. But today I keep a school very happily in a 50 gallon tank that has lots of plants (both planted and floating) which helps subdue the light, and they've been alive for almost two years. They live with different types of tetras, hatchet fish, cory catfish, and even a pair of geophagus cichlids (Humphead earthsifters). So what's the difference... I think its lots of plant cover and subdued lighting. Abigger tank helps too, as in a smaller tank you may have to be more careful to make sure they have plenty plants to retreat in.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-16
    What do you mean by 'wash my tank'? Do you have any biological filtration like an undergravel filter and are you maintaining it by not 'washing everything'?
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prescott - 2012-12-12
I have a red belly pirahna and in the last few months, its stomach has gotten quit large, does not look normal, in the last few weeks it seems to be bigger on one side, could it be pregnant? Or some type of disease, plz help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    Curious, what are you feeding the fish?  Any beef products or dog foods?
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Rebecca - 2012-12-04
Quick question. Ok, I have eight black skirt tetras in a 20 gallon long aquarium, along with four 3-lined corydoras and a mystery snail. One of my black skirts is a lot bigger than the others, but I bought them all together about a week ago (the tetras). Anyhow, this morning there are 5 of the smaller ones that are constantly swarming the bigger one. Is this normal for them? Should I be worried for the big one?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-04
    They are school fish so it is pretty normal.
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Gary A.MacDonald - 2010-04-21
While I was down collecting in Bolivia last year, I happened upon a large shoal of these in the Rio San Martin. I will have to say, the Wild living relatives of our Aquarium inhabitants can grow to huge proportions! Not only that, they really can skim across the water top to great lengths!

A tight fitting lid -- definitely, and if you have one, a Canopy even better.

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  • sam - 2012-06-14
    How big do they get?! They were breed down alot I guess so they could be sold in stores
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