I own a 55g and keep two 6" Red's and a 8" Pacu in it. In your opinion is it a good idea to allow as much space for swimming possible? In other words, should I keep the ornaments in my tank to a minimum?
I keep Amazon Swords in the back corners, piece of driftwood in the center-left and a rock cave in front of the plants in the right corner. I like it because it provides a lot of room for the Ps to swim in the front and middle but also gives them ample room to hide.
You may want to think about trading that pacu in for a red, unless you plan on upgrading your tank to a very large tank soon. In another year or so your tank will be way too small for the pacu, they grow very large pretty quickly. Just a thought.
I saw a pic of a dissected piranha lately, but can't remember if it was here at pfury or at predfish: no matter where it was, it had it's stomach full of undigested plant matter - plastic plant matter......
I can't remember wheter the plastic was the cause of death, but still: better safe than sorry!
Yea I once saw a piranha in my LFS with half a plastic plant hanging out its ass. But this LFS is very concerned about their fish. They took it to a vet and got the plant out. The piranha survived.Ever since they have used live plants.