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I was noticeing the other day that the smallest of my 3 Redbellies is missing what looks like close to half his mouth full of teeth. Do P's lose their teeth , either during growth, or can they knock them out somehow?

I'm leaning towards the idea that it is a defect of that fish. The reasons for this is because for one, the teeth he does have on the one side, seem to be extra long..like fangs. Also he has been the smallest since I've had them (1.5") and has stayed that way. I realize that there will always be a smaller one, except that he is almost always the first to eat. Tho he is the smallest, he is probably the most aggressive.

Any insight, thoughts or ideas are appreciated.
 

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correct me if i am wrong but isn't it true that when a piranha loses a tooth all their teeth drop out and a whole new set replaces it? i know new teeth grow back... just thought that was a cool fact to add to the thread
 

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correct me if i am wrong but isn't it true that when a piranha loses a tooth all their teeth drop out and a whole new set replaces it? i know new teeth grow back... just thought that was a cool fact to add to the thread
Is a very cool fact, and thanks for posting. I'd love to hear some more about this. Can anyone verify this? or shed some more knowledge?
 

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My MAC is missing a few on the lower right... no big thing
 

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This is how it goes:

Piranhas like so many other fishes too, have renewable teeth. They are renewed (half of one jaw, one side, at one time) even if the old teeth were not broken.

But of course as Piranhas use their teeth so called hardcore, also indivudual tooth is often detached and perhaps found on the bottom of the tank or just seen hanging from the jaw.

Harry
 

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Follow up - Today I found a tooth, and noticed that the 'big fang' that was noticed a few days ago is missing. I guess that big fang was on its way out.

Thanks all for reading and responding, all in all this has been facinateing and educational.
 
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