Animal Stories - Red-bellied Piranha

Animal-World Information about: Red-bellied Piranha

The Red Piranha is a long time aquarium favorite, but is restricted in some states today!
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bassam ronz - 2013-05-16
Hiii every one i have 6 oscars cichlids i albino and 5 tiger with 1 recently baught jack dempsy. Any one knows if i could buy pirhana in this tamk it is 2 meters length and 50 width and 50 higth it is a very big tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-16
    I would not recommend this!  Pirhana are usually species only fish.
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?
Pete Mclean - 2012-10-31
He he I got a red belly pirahna called Bob had him for almost 6 years now and yeah he skittish lives in a 4 ft tank with a large plec not sure who is more aggressive though the pirahna or the plec but Bob now comes and takes food from my hand. He's the best fish I have kept so far always up to something whether it be trying to hide behind a twig or attack me while I am walking past would recomend red bellies to anyone who has time to watch them :D

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-31
    Pirahna make interesting pets, but they are not for everyone.  Experienced owners are a must.
Adam - 2012-10-30
I have a 55 gallon tank and I want aggressive fish. Are Piranha and Pacus basically the same and can live together.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-30
    These fish are from the same family, but are very different.  They do however look a bit similar but that is as far as it goes!  The Pacu grows faster and normally larger in aquariums and is not as aggressive.  They can be very aggressive to smaller fish.  They will eat vegetables as well meat.  Much easier fish to keep, but a 55 Gallon tank will be too small for a for a forever tank.
Philip Jabra - 2010-03-05
This is a great article and very well written -- the only thing I would change is when you put the elongatus piranha get a very powerful lower jaw....

I had one for 5 years and even at full size he could barely chunk down anything -- he was tear and rip all his life.

but other than that this article is perfect...Great work!!

Natasha - 2011-12-14
Can they be kept with motoro stingrays in a 75 inch x 36 inch x 36 inch; aquarium?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-12-23
    Tank size, yes. Stingrays need brackish water and will eat the piranhas or get eaten, so no on that part.
Anonymous - 2011-12-21
Hi, apperently piranhas are illegal in VA but when i looked it up I didnt see any punishment 4 having one please tell me what the punishment is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    In some states just the possession of a piranha is illegal and you would be subject to a fine and the removal of the piranha. In most states you can have one but you need to have a fish and game license through Fish and Game and follow there rules. Definitely against the law there to release them or breed them. This is a site which will tell you what states accept them and some of the rules. Piranha license
some fish lover!! - 2009-11-01
I have a red piranha and he is amazing. I have him by himself in a 5 gallon tank and he is as fast as lightning. If it is by itself or with three or more other piranhas that are added to the tank at the same I would recommend this fish to anybody who has a empty tank looking to fill it with a freshwater fish.

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  • Bret - 2011-10-26
    A 5 gallon tank is waaaaaay too small. Once he is full grown he won't able to turn around...actually way before he grows up.
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-26
    Piranha's are an exiting addition to your home! However, they require a minimum of 20 gallons per adult fish, depending on the species. A ideal aquarium size for your Piranha, is a 20 gallon or larger aquarium!
kyle - 2010-11-28
These are beautiful fish, but skittish. Great.

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  • nathaniel - 2010-12-21
    Well said.
tetralover77 - 2010-02-21
A five gallon tank is way too small for a piranha, at least depending on the subspecies. You should get a 55 gal tank at least, and add more.