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How many red bellies should I put in a 55g?

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Beautiful One
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For how big reds can get I would go with 3 so that you can stick with a tank that size because when u keep going up it gets exspensive and consumes a lot of room. Hope this helps
 

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I have 3 in my 55.They are 6-7"...they have gotten along just fine so far,but I'm looking to get a bigger tank for them,at least a 75.
 

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I would keep 3 of them. When they get large they will take up alot of space. Do you plan on upgrading your tank in the near future?
 

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MAD piranhas said:
I don't know what you implyng by this?
If you got a problem with me come out with it, if not shut the F*ck up. I am pretty damn sure I know more about these fish then you ever will.
i agree with you there, but PLEASE dont fight about this!!! i hate all of these internet fights!!!

and serjuanca88 it really depends on the size of your piranha! are you talking for life? you would get better responses if you did include the size of the p's you may be getting!

i voted 3 because you want to keep 1, 3 or more!!!... 2 will fight, and you may be left with one! i had 2 together for a while, but they were fighting ALOT, then i added 3 more... they still fight, but it is spread out alot more... altho i have one thats smaller, and does get picked on, but he still isnt as beat up as my 2 p's alone were getting!!!

for 3 i would go with atleast a 75 like stated! and try to get a wide/long tank! i have a tall tank, and they do spend time near the top, but nearly as much time as they do ont he bottom!!!
 

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i voted more than 3 but only mean 4 and as mad advised you will probably have to upgrade eventually in a few years time .i kept 4 for quite a while and with reds i did not see any problems with this .with wild pygos i would only keep them in a 55 for a few months as i am doing now .but if reds i would go for 4 if you wont upgrade soon but if you have plans to within a few months get 5 if they are small
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More than likely I will only be keeping the fish for three years. I do have a 75g aquarium, but right now it has two oscars in it. Is there a better piranha species to put in a 55g?
 

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55 is only 12" deep. Not enough room for one decent sized RBP, IMO. But, you could probably keep them there for a bit. I have 5 in a 75 and its way too small for them now IMO.

And mad, I took the comment as a pointer to your set up, a bigger tank!
But, what do I know :biggrin:
 

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As been said many times no more than 3, still, with time you'll have to buy a bigger tank...you have time to do that...!
 

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The size of the piranha ultimately for life is the issue...home aquario red bellies can get as large as 12" in total length...a 55 gallons dimensions I believe are 13" deep depending on the set up I guess but I think thats average. The depth may be cramped but it is enough for them to turn around so IMO a 55 gallon could be suitable for life as most give decent room side to side...I believe 48"...for them to swim around. My friend had 4 in a 55 and still does...he's had them over a year and a half and his tank did not look all too crouded and it did not appear they had much difficulty turning around. I believe a 55 for life would be fine I just wouldn't do it myself personally...I wouldn't settle for only have 13" in depth for them to try and turn in...I say 18" is plenty but 24" or more is better....thats why all my reds are going into a 180 gallon 72"X24"X24".
 

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I say switch your Oscars in your 55 and put the RBs in the 75 gal to hold back in up grading to a bigger tank anytime soon.

I understand where everybodys comming from with different opinions on set-ups. Honestly (you've heard this before) it also depends on the individual fish. 5 Ps can live in harmony in one persons 55 gal, while anything over 3 would be enough for someone elses.
 
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