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post #1 of 5 Old 08-31-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Firebelly Pirinah with other fish?

Like other breed of Piranahs, or needle fish, oscars etc....Would it be ok?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-01-2008, 11:25 AM
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Speaking for personal experience.... No.

My friend and I set up a 400 gallon system in his basement. We added 6 Red Belly Pirahna, along with a number of other large fish, such as Oscars, Tinfoil Barbs, Jack Dempsey, etc.

The other fish did not survive longer than a week or two. They were literally ripped to pieces. Just shredded. And watch your fingers, because these Pirahna are downright mean fish and WILL BITE, similar to a marine Triggerfish.

If you were going to give this a shot, I would suggest adding large armored catfish, and perhaps adult size Leporinus, which are native to Pirahna waters. But I can't support the idea.

Oh yes, be careful in transport. This is not a species you want to pick up with your hand, as I also learned the fun way!! LOL
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-01-2008, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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ok thanks, I thought needle fish might be ok becuase they have theeth
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-05-2008, 08:24 PM
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one more question how big a tank are these guys going in
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-05-2008, 08:33 PM
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Most fish have teeth...that's no so much the question. I'd say the needlefish (Ctenolucius hujeta) is not a suitable tankmate because they get 28" long. It's not a suitable fish for anything but a monster sized tank.
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