Are you going to video tape the feast?
What are you talking about?
They have been together for about 3 weeks, the piranhas are about 3 inches, the pleco is 2 inches, the barb is 2 inches, the exedons are like 2.5, and the asian red tail is like 4 or 5 inches.
WHAT?! You're saying that 5 or 6 RBPs can grow happily to their maximum size without growth stunt in a 55 gallon tank? Are you nuts?Zenon: Next I would get 1-2 more rbp (MYKA dont kill me) to throw in there to get a nice little pack going.
Well, I hope not, cuz that's exactly what's going to happen.FeederFish33: I would also like to say that I dont care if they die or anything cuz it will be fun for me and my piranhas.
Good analogy. However, your logic is flawed by a lack of timing and size.That's like buying a horse and keeping it in your garage.
His P's will not be 12" for QUITE some time. I would say at least a few more years. Right now they are only 3 inch fish. In 6 more months they will be around 6". In the experience Ive had, 6" P's have plenty of room to grow and thrive in less than 20g per fish. At a rate of growth around 1 inch per year after that, I fail to imagine their growth will be stunted for another few years. This gives FeederFish plenty of time to consider getting a bigger tank.It is NOT fair to keep potentially 12" fish in such tiny quarters.
I would like to see the proof of this 20g rule. I am not saying its wrong, by all means give your fish the maximum space possible....but I do not feel it is mandatory.I am a VERY strong believer that EVERY Piranha needs at LEAST 20 gallons per fish,
That's interesting.hastatus said:Buy aquarios accordingly to facilitate that growth or stunt them which is not permanent condition, but not healthly either.
I think that the red tailed cat and the piranhas will give each other deadly wounds and all the other fish will survive and take over the tank!FeederFish33 said:In my 55 gallon I have:
4 red bellies
3 Exedons (bucktooth tetras)
1 asian red tail cat
1 sh*t barb
Thanks for the answer: very informative!fishman2 said:"Does that mean that if you keep fish in too small a tank temporarily (and they're not growing like a specimen with sufficient tank space would do, so are stunted), they could make up for that, and reach their full potential size once they're moved to a tank that's large enough to house full-grown specimen? "
This one I can answer for Frank(at least part of it) Nobody really knows what happens with stunted fish, if they can grow out or not. Native fish which are stocked and not depleted become stunted in their growth. So its common practice to put these into further ponds or lakes where they want to keep a growth a certain size. When I asked Frank this question about piranhas if native fish would suffer the same problems, he said to his knowledge, no. He has gotten piranhas kept in small tanks for most of their lives, moved them into larger quarters and they grew more. So I think there is a difference between genetic stunting and quarters stunting.
If Frank comes back today, maybe he can tell us more. But that's they way I understood it.