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wejlick1 03-12-2007 01:07 PM

red pacu
 
i have 2 small (3") red pacus. i have them in a tank with 6 zebra danios.... they seem to get along great now but when i first put the zebras in the pacu chased one all around but couldnt catch him.... now they seem to just live together..... will they end up eating the danios?

Daz 03-12-2007 01:08 PM

Simple answer, yes.

Gump 03-12-2007 03:14 PM

+1

musho3210 03-12-2007 04:09 PM

yes, i suggest taking the danios out unless they are food.

Rue 03-12-2007 05:39 PM

...yes...pacus also get HUGE :shock: ...they'll need a massive tank soon!

musho3210 03-12-2007 05:41 PM

300 gallons per pacu is something i would follow, ive heard of 33" pacus (nearly 3 feet long, plus they are tall too which means that they have even more inches)

Lupin 03-12-2007 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by musho3210
300 gallons per pacu is something i would follow,

That is pushing a lot, Ryan.:shake: Ever heard of 'overfiltration'? I had two of these fish in a 75 gallons before. Lovely fish they are.:love: But my passion is too strong with characins.:crazy:

musho3210 03-12-2007 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Blue
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Originally Posted by musho3210
300 gallons per pacu is something i would follow,

That is pushing a lot, Ryan.:shake: Ever heard of 'overfiltration'? I had two of these fish in a 75 gallons before. Lovely fish they are.:love: But my passion is too strong with characins.:crazy:

No ive looked online at everything and 300 gallons seems good. They are very very large fish, both long and tall, the 300 gallons is more for space rather than filtration.

30 inches long, about 10-15 inches tall, add those together, 45 inches adult size, add filtration needs and food, 300 gallons is my summary, Plus how deep they are. Ive seen a pacu as big as a man's torso.... They get pretty darn big.

tophat665 03-13-2007 04:32 PM

And they have been known to ram the sides of tanks and break them. When you get into the 300 gallon range, you're talking extra thick tempered glass which may, possibly, and I ain't going to be the one testing this and winding up with 300 gallons of water on my livingroom floor, prevent this.

Frankly, I think you're both right - 75 gallons per pacu sounds reasonable, but 300 gallons sounds like a good minimum size tank.

wejlick1 03-16-2007 05:10 PM

i looked it up and this guy has one and had it for years in a 5 gallon tank and its doing fine.


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