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Posted 03 May 2006 - 11:23 PM (#1) User is offline   jamie_seto 

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I know piranhas eat meat but I recently found out that 4 out of 7 of my red bellied piranhas love to eat grapes, apples, dragon fruits, carrots, and especially durians. I been feeding them fruits for three days now and they all seem to be happy except for my other 2 ;)

Well, my question is what if I keep feeding them fruits instead of fishes (feeders, bettas, etc) would they become super skiny and died or would they be okay with it???
I just want them to stop growing, lol... or at least grow slower :(

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 11:42 PM (#2) User is offline   BASSFISHERMAN 

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firstly, welcome to the site!

The fruit is fine but it shouldn't be the main part of their diet.
are you sure you have piranhas and not pacus?
why do you want them to stop growing?
how big are they and in what size tank?
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:30 AM (#3) User is offline   dan25 

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why would you want them to stop growing?
72 gl bow front tank 4 red bellies (2) 5 " (2) 3" (1) Serrasalmus rhombeus 4"

Posted 04 May 2006 - 03:24 AM (#4) User is offline   harrykaa 

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Maybe you do not have Red Bellies there at all.

Pygocentrus species do not eat vegetables nor fruits. Only meat.

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4 Pygos of 8.5-9" (21-23 cm)
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 05:52 AM (#5) User is offline   Dawgz 

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 harrykaa, on May 4 2006, 04:24 AM, said:

Maybe you do not have Red Bellies there at all.

Pygocentrus species do not eat vegetables nor fruits. Only meat.

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this is NOT true.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 08:28 AM (#6) User is offline   Timmy44221 

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A part of a Piranha's diet in the wwild is fruit and seeds. They are opportunistic feeders, and will eath fruit. It has many nutriants, but make sure it wont mess with the water chemistry.

I make my own food, and include fruit and veggies in it.

Posted 04 May 2006 - 08:32 AM (#7) User is offline   werdna 

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keep feeding them both meat and fruit

Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:29 PM (#8) User is offline   Spaceman Spiff 

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Dawgz is right.
Mine would eat green peas every once in a while.
Nothing else though.
As for feeding it to your fish, they need meat to maintain their body weight.
So keep feeding them meat, but a fruit every once in a while is healthy.

Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:45 PM (#9) User is offline   Dawgz 

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a good way to get them to eat peas withought them knowing, stuff a silverside with small peas....or pack it in some smelt...haha be creative...ive tried carrots before...cut up tho...small small small pieces..

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 Dawgz, on May 4 2006, 11:45 AM, said:

a good way to get them to eat peas withought them knowing, stuff a silverside with small peas....or pack it in some smelt...haha be creative...ive tried carrots before...cut up tho...small small small pieces..


Now that one expalins how much Pygo's do eat vegetables or fruits. You have to hide it in meat and use very small pieces.
But then again, no need to do it, because these fishes are carnivores!

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 02:58 AM (#11) User is offline   Dawgz 

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 harrykaa, on May 6 2006, 11:21 AM, said:

 Dawgz, on May 4 2006, 11:45 AM, said:

a good way to get them to eat peas withought them knowing, stuff a silverside with small peas....or pack it in some smelt...haha be creative...ive tried carrots before...cut up tho...small small small pieces..


Now that one expalins how much Pygo's do eat vegetables or fruits. You have to hide it in meat and use very small pieces.
But then again, no need to do it, because these fishes are carnivores!

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Explain the bittn leaves in my Brandti tank....

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 04:12 AM (#12) User is offline   harrykaa 

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 Dawgz, on May 7 2006, 01:58 AM, said:

Explain the bittn leaves in my Brandti tank....


Yes I know that Serras bite plants, also Pygo's do that occasionally. Mine do that because of aggression. If I put my hand too close to them (when cleaning) they try to bite my hand. As I of course withdraw my hand rapidly, Pygo's get frustrated and take a bite from my plants near them.

I haven't had brandtii, so I do not now how much they rip plants.
But I have had Pygo's more than 10 years (a number of different occasions) and they have ripped sometimes plants, but never have I seen them eat the bite. They just spit it out.

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:54 PM (#13) User is offline   PiranhaStein 

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You just need to keep up a variety, most of us would be lucky if our reds would accept veges and fruits.

Keep it up let us know how long it lasts.

Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:15 PM (#14) User is offline   sprfunk 

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Mine only ate them one time. So I stoped trying. I think it is healthy for them but few of us are getting ours to eat that. I would like to see a picture if him though just to see if he is a pacu....somtimes fish stores do that.

Posted 12 May 2006 - 05:04 PM (#15) User is offline   the_w8 

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my rbp's will eat peas.....i usually stuff them in catfish fillets or smelt whenever i feed it to them....I tried letting them float on top and they only ate a few and left a few floating around.....
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 06:57 PM (#16) User is offline   Timmy44221 

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Ps are opportunistic, so they will eat whats there. That it mind, veggies anf fruits are very good for them. I make my own food, blended gelitonized anf then frozen. The get a mix of peas, carrots, cucumber, algee disks, ciclid pelets, tropical flake food, deer, chicken, catfish, taipe, shrimp, and whaterver else is layin around. They seem to have great colour and it make it easy to feed. (Allthough a bit messy).

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