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I have been reading alot lately about piranha deaths.Know what is going on. Are the p's just old,hungry,sick,killed,to hot ,to cold or is it a mystery. I am wondering what I could do to prevent this from happening to my fish. My fish have a good diet. good temp and water quality.So what is it?What is the most common way they die?
 

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Overstocking is prolly the biggest killer of P's Too many fish in too small a tank will lead to teritorial disputes, and the eventuall death of P's.

Water conditions are also a big contributor as well. as long as you don't have too many in too small a tank, and you keep up on the water you should be ok. Also keep the properly fed.

Sometime it's just a matter of the "sh*t happens" factor, fish get sick and die. Just do your best to maintain a proper enviroment and you should be ok... the "old gaurd" on this site are always willing to help get us through whatever may come up... You are in the right place!!
 

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One of mine died in the last 2 days and I think he got eaten then sucked into my power head but not sure. But my other 3 are doing fine. Hope he didnt get sucked in and killed by my power head. Stupid filter fell off my powerhead. I will fix it tho.
 

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It's pretty sad, but I think the majority of all deaths are the owner's own fault, and in many cases could have been prevented...
Think of causes such as wrong acclimatisation of fish (if at all), intentionally overstocking without knowing what it takes to do so, point- and needless experiments at the expense of the fish, turning the tank into a chemical cocktail, feeding the wrong food or too much, sloppy maintenance, not knowing enough to care for their fish properly, not knowing about essential things such as tank cycling and water chemistry, etc. etc.

If people can keep their piranha('s) alive for a decade or more without too much trouble (and some do, as some of our members illustrate), we all can - still it's a rare occurence piranha's get that old...


The amount of fish that actually die of "natural" causes - such as diseases, parasites or old age - or just dumb luck is pretty small.
 

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Well i've got 5 reds in a 130 gallon. With 10 gallon gravel vac cleanings a week. Then every two weeks is the 25% change.Great water quality and good feedings. Also lots of plants so they dont get stressed. I agree with judazzz, when he said its mostly the owners fault. There are just to many deaths.I was begining to think p's prone to dieing.And that I should accept that one day im going to have a death. But thanks for the replies.
 

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ya i would agree that it is mostly the owners fault. I have only had one p die,some how ie tried to jump out of my tank at night i guess, cause i found him the next morning wedged between the hood and the filter, it was strange
 

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Piranha are as tough as fish as you can get. If you lose one it's probably the keeper's fault. I recently lost one. I'm not sure what I did but the guy got sick and the others where going to eat him alive. I'd say the main reason piranha die is from them eating each other. But that too, can be prevented. By doing just one thing, Loving them everyday. After you eat--make sure they are not hungry--When you turn on the heat or air conditioner---make sure they are at the right temperature---After you take a shower----make sure your buddy's water is right...If you feel like moving your furniture around..........It's all about Love.
 

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Im just setting up my 66 gal and im getting nervous for when i put all my p's together... EEKKK after hearing all the deaths already in jan, ive been a little figity. Everything "should" go well... i really hope it does.

(I will be moving 4 RBP's.... 4"-5" into my new 66gal. Im just waiting on my drift wood to come in the mail!!!! im expecting it any time soon! its so tempting every day to move them... but with no decor it would suck!!! and i dont wanna loose my finger putting in the decor while they are in there... and i dont wanna stress them out.... The move will stress them enough... Ive got a 5-6" RBP in the new tank right now.... he's by himself.... i dont know weather or not to put all 5 in or just the 4.... i may try to put them all together... kinda have to get rid of the 44 gal... gonna have tons of hiding spots so it should be fine...)
 
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