oh, you guys were right about the red tail. He got chomped up pretty good, but I have him at my lfs (not for sale of course) and hes fully healed. He's great. He is about 6 or 7 inches now and loves feeders. Thats what they feed him, but whenever I'm there I flip him some nutritious shrimp pellets or flakes. Here is why I think a wolffish might work better:
1. It has the same coloration as my pleco, which they dont bother at all. 2. Wolffish are nocturnal, and will do the most moving around while my ps are napping. 3. They don't move much, so the ps wont bother him much. Although a lot of people at pfish complain about their wolffish doing this, it's going be perfect for my feisty five. 4.Lots of decor. The bottom is covered with slated rocks and amazon swords, and a big cave for him to hide in. Also a bunch of tall plants covering the heater and filter tube. This way he will be able to hide out until night. 5. Tough scales. The ps wont be able to do as much damage to him because his scales are rough like a gator. 6. Wolffish are aggressive. They have teeth, big teeth. So if a p ever tried to mess with one, I dont think the p will ever do it again.
Let me know what you think. The only reason I considered it was because in a previous post here at pfury, someone said that their 7 inch wolffish was getting along great with his ps.
wolffish yea are nocturnal but also Ps like hunting in the dark. P's can also see very good in the dark too. face it. if you want other fish in your P thank it has to have enough room or small enough fish so the P doesnt care such as tetras and dinos and neon. after all these all are preditory fish so of course they all want to be the alpha fish. and the scales dont really matter since you have a couple of P's. the ratio is nt good. in the long run they will pick off all the scales and goto the flesh.
I think that the wolf would be able to defend itself against a piranha. And yes the ps do like to hunt in the dark, but I have noticed if I leave the lights of for about 15 minutes anytime after like 7 pm, when I turn them back on my ps are laying on the bottom. I think it should work. If not, I will know for next time.
I have 9- 5"-7" rbps and 1- 7" wolf fish. They've been co-existing in the same tank for about 8 months. The reds will occasionally go after the wolf fish but, the wolf would always fight back. The most that happens is the wolf gets a bit of his tail fin bitten off. It usually grows back in no time. As far I'm concerned as long as the piranhas are not too small they should be OK. The wolffish does have a tough outershell which keeps the reds from trying to eat him. Again this is just my experience and as far as I could tell it should work out.