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Hello, any suggestions on seperating my 6 piranhas. I'm moving 4 out of a 33g tank and putting them in an 86g. They are about 2 inches each. I plan to feed them well before the move since i have some other fish in the 86 that will hopefully survive. ha

I've done my ph and ammonia test, and the new tank is fine, but the 33g is showing high ammonia and low ph, but still at an OK level, should i have the new tank at the same level, this would obvioulsy be a shock to the p's if i put them in without the test being the same, right ?

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check my new tank thats ready and waiting for the p's, any suggestions on the bubbles? good/bad too many plants ? i just found out that i should have put some peat moss type stuff under the rocks, right now my plants are just in the rocks, is this ok? I need to move the 4 p's in the next five days, somehow, someway .. suggestions are needed.

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you should not have problems moving them into their new tank. if you are concerned that the levels are too deviated then slowly add water from the new tank into their holding containers so that when you put them in they are not shocked.

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Since your 33 has high amonia levels, try and put the Ps in a container with the old water and add from the new to prevent any shock. That way they'll get a sample of the new water conditions.
 

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are you selling your other two? Cause if you just leave them in the old tank, you do know whats going to happen eventually right?
 

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Well i sold the 33g and two p's with it, the 33g will be rebuilt by the new owner, as in plants and stuff shifted around, i gave 3 plants with it, he may add more. But do you think they will kill each other ? I've been warned by another piranha keeper that he did the same thing, had 7 in a 33g since they were babies, and removed 5 to put in a 86g, then noticed the 2 in the 33g were eating each other alive, so he moved them too.

Any idea how long i should have the piranha in their holding container when i make the switch? How long should i let them adapt to the new water that i will add to the container??

thanks for all your help people~!!

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just make sure that the tank you move them into is properly cycled, at that size it could be fatal. and use some stress coat or aquarium salt to help them with thier stress after the move.
 

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Wow, I like the setup of that tank! Good job! I dont think moving the fish from an unhealthy environment (high ammonia) to a healthy one is going to cause them "stress". They are undoubtedly going to be stressed with the move but as long as your new tank is ready, go ahead.
 

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Ok, i spent the day tweaking my tank and its surroundings, now i have a back ground although its only sheetrock. I also put peat moss under all the plants, this was a real pain due to the peat moss floating and the some plants not having weights to hold them down, and doing this with one hand is a little tough. After an hr or two all was complete and back together. The water has obviously taken a tea like colour to it, but hopefully the p's will enjoy it. I bought 32 1 inch gold fish to fill them up before i move them, which will probably happen tomorrow, i hope.

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it's a really nice set up. Your p's will love it. Just to be safe, I would take the p's out of the tank they are in and put them in a bucket with established water from that tank. Then I would add water from the tank they are going to be in, just so any major differences would mellow out a lil bit. Repeat putting in new water for about 20 minutes. And in go the p's. Of course you gotta make sure you dont overflow the water if you decide to dump them in. Just net them and put them in.
 

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The 4 P's have been removed, and added to the 86g, i waited almost 20 mins before adding them, adding the new tank water every 5 mins or so till the container was full. Once they were in, 7-10 mins later they were swimming right in the flow of the water pump, catching the fast current. I also removed the remaing two and held them in the containers for almost an hr. I changed 3/4 of the water and re-arranged the entire tank, added the two smallest piranha back in the 33g. Before i removed them it was full tilt agression, i thought if i waited any longer to remove them they might kill each other. After 5 mins they ate one of the 2 gold fish i had in there, i turned the lights off on both tanks and checked 30 mins later and the othter gold fish was gone, and the two were swimming together. so far so good, keeping my fingers crossed!!

 
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