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Since piranha are so skittish and do not interact with people like alot of the cichlids do, it seems that they could come up with some kind of one way viewable glass like police use in interviews or something. You know, where the Ps cannot see you, but you can watch their natural behaviors like you were not around. Anyone heard of anything like this or have ideas? The only draw back to Ps I have found so far is that they are very scared of you and if I bring friends over to show them off, they go and hide. It would be cool if they were hanging out like they do when you stay still in the room for a while. I have already blocked off the sides of the tank so they aren't scared when people walk in the room, but it isn't enough. I am just used to cichlids that come toward you instead of run off. Anyone think that it would be cool if they couldn't see you with some kind of one way tint?
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Funny you should post this. I've had this in the back of my mind for the past few months. I think that the glass would have to be tinted heavily, almost like a mirror-but I don't know. Maybe check out some glass companies. Great idea, jump on it and make millions.
 

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the typical one way police glass has a mirror reflection which would probably stress your Ps out or they would spend their days starring at their reflection in the back of the tank some sort of tinting would be better. If the tank was tinted and you had the lights in the room off then you shouldnt really be able to see people standing outside the tank and not to mention it is actually cost feasible.
 

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You people have to stop trying to turn piranhas into cichlids.
Except them for what they are. But, on a side note, not such a bad idea.
 

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very good idea.
 

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the glass is highly polished to a mirror finish, so it may make your fish worse, they may think its another fish staring back at them, you would need the tank to be lit well, and have the room dark for it to work right as well

I am trying to reverse that, my elongatus attacks his reflection almost all day. he is a very interactive fish, makes him hard to photograph though
 

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The only drawback it would have is that you wouldnt be able to see your Ps clearly but darker from the tint. As you may know from a tinted car, you may see your reflection outside, but dim and dark inside. Same effects if you were to put it on your tanks.
 

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Just to touch base here on this real quick.. There is a company that makes GLASS with a built in one-way dot matrix design, which allows light to travel only in one direction, there is no reflection tendencys with this glass.. It can be used as normal glass or by adding 120 volts to the supply it draws the molacules (sp?) together causing the one-way affect without light efficency problems, or as been said dark see though appearence. I have seen this glass used in homes and special incedences only. As it is very very expensive, around $2000-3000 for a custom cut piece..

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I talked with Frank about this and he says he has tried this and it works well except for the light reflecting back in causes algae to bloom quite easily. MAD piranhas idea seems the best....
 

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MAD piranhas said:
. As it is very very expensive, around $2000-3000 for a custom cut piece..

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wow i'll just stay with my glass tank..
 

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I have always just left the room light off. And tank lights on. And they don't notice me much.
 

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what about that chrome tint for car windows, one side is mirror, and the other side has a bit of a tint. that should work.
 

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i think that is a great idea. if only it wasnt so expensive as MAD stated. someone roll with this idea, but make it cheaper to P-Fury members...
 

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JesseD said:
i think that is a great idea. if only it wasnt so expensive as MAD stated. someone roll with this idea, but make it cheaper to P-Fury members...
X.. you think you can strike a bargin by telling them your the head honcho of PFury and we're doing this for the good of our piranahs?!?!
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Thanks for liking my idea guys..... I didn't think I would get this much response. Anyways, the more I read about it the harder it sounds sense you would have to have the lights off in the room and the tank light on for it to work. So sometimes it would be a mirror and sometimes not, so it may freak them out.

To Frank: Since you have done this, could you give us some insight? Like how it worked, what you used? Lighting you had to use... Thanks.
 

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s3rous Posted on Apr 10 2003, 11:44 AM ...To Frank: Since you have done this, could you give us some insight? Like how it worked, what you used? Lighting you had to use... Thanks.
Back in the days of the dinosaurs, actually when tinted film first came on the scene (early 70's I think, may have been earlier) I wanted to see my piranas in an undisturbed mode, so I used one way mirror finished tinted film (still sold in automotive stores, though it was meant for homes). Aside from the fish seeing a reflection of itself (made them more jitterish) it also caused an algal bloom to take over from my overhead florescent lighting and this reflected light. Did this for about 6 months then decided it was a bad idea. Like someone else mentioned in this thread, it was easier to turn off other lights and sit in the shadows to watch them interact than to cause them more stress by using this mirrored finish tint. I don't know anything about this other type of tinted glass and whether or not it would merit any use, not to mention cost inherent.
 

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you know, I was thinking about the tint on my car, its darker looking in than looking out. the tint has a way blocking light diferently depending on what side your looking from. maybe that would work?
 
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