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Old 07-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #31
 
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A healthy pacu should be around 40". Add the fact that it's a schooling fish and yes I would have it in 800 gallons. This is a south American food fish, not a pet...
Of course, this animal is most likely stunted by now..
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:00 PM   #32
 
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A healthy pacu should be around 40". Add the fact that it's a schooling fish and yes I would have it in 800 gallons. This is a south American food fish, not a pet...
Of course, this animal is most likely stunted by now..
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Wow poor thing. I hope someone is able to step forward and give him a home :c
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:11 PM   #33
 
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Maybe look on youtube for people with big tanks and see if they will take them? I was looking at some monster fish today and got the idea.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #34
 
Hello all!

After discussing with several people, including those from some of the big aquariums and zoos about the pacu that I had, all of them said that it would not be fair for the Pacu to remain in this tank and one pointed out that this Pacu has already had a longer life than most when you consider that out of the thousands of Pacu fry made in the amazon, eaten by predators, and survived shipping or unknown factors. In the end, this Pacu was lucky that he was put into a better situation and his quality of life improved with the care that I gave him.

I was unable to find a tank of 800 gallons or more for him. All of the people who contacted me had 200 or 300 gallons but most had around 125 gallons. There was also a very high chance of this fish being stunted, and it probably was. I could not, in good conscience, allow this fish to go to a small tank, even if it was 300 gallons. I saw three Pacu at the fish store at my old town, Greensboro, but I was still not willing to give it to him and have it end up in another too-small tank.

In the end, I decided to take what I felt was the most humane solution: euthanasia. The Pacu is no more now. I found a nice spot in the backyard by a young tree and buried him so he could return to nature and become food for the tree.

In the future, I've decided that once I have bought my own place, I will set up an pond for rescue Pacus and other large fish after my eyes have been opened to the plight of these fish. Thank you for following me through this thread and giving me your input with everything.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:08 PM   #35
 
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Sad to hear. But at least some good came of it.
I hope to do that too someday- I'd love a greenhouse I could fill with plants and monster fish.

I seriously wonder if there's a way to help these fish. Some of them are so in demand, it might be hard to get pet shops to stop selling them. :(
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #36
 
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Wow. My heart aches for the pacu. I was starting to get tears reading this thread.
I'm sorry things had to end this way.
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