Taking Care of a Pet Piranha
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Taking Care of a Pet Piranha

Piranhas eat anything, so make sure that you provide your pets with a variety of food. Make them eat vegetables, processed fish food and frozen fish food products. You can even try to feed them fish fins and scales because these are the type of food that they eat in the wild.

Caring for a pet piranha is not for the novice pet fish owner. Piranhas need special care and more sophisticated conditions for them to live comfortably. If you are considering getting piranhas for pets, here are some tips and suggestions for you.

Danger! Danger!

The first thing you need to know about caring for a pet piranha is that it is a dangerous fish. Piranhas are typically unfriendly, so it would be wise if you would start with a small number of them and maybe a few of other types of fish in the same aquarium. When they are young, they tend to move and live in groups, so you should make sure that they have enough companions in the aquarium. As they mature, they tend to become loners and more unfriendly, even to their own kind. They may attack their own kind and other types of fish, so make sure that you have enough space in your fish tank so your pets will have enough room to maneuver, hide and stay away from other fish.

Fish Tank Conditions

If you keep the temperature right in your aquarium, your pets will live longer and may become less aggressive not only to their own kind, but also to other types of fish in your tank. The ideal temperature of a fish tank for piranhas is around 76-83 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to consult resources online or fish experts to determine the most ideal temperature for your fish tank, especially if you have several species of fish living in it. Remember to regularly check the temperature of your fish tank. Always keep a thermometer handy. Also, keep the pH balance in your tank at 7.0.

Put several hiding places or objects that provide shade for your pets. Tall plants and pieces of wood are good elements to have in a fish tank. Piranhas like the shade and dark places because they are naturally nocturnal fish. They are also comfortable being hidden, so a tank full of hiding places would make your pet piranhas happy and comfortable with their surroundings. Make sure your tank has enough room for your pet piranhas. A tank than can hold at least 25 gallons of water will be sufficient for a few piranhas pets. Piranhas also tend to be messy, so regular cleaning of your fish tank should be high priority. Make sure you have a good filtration system to keep your tank's water clean and constantly remove fish waste.

Food for Piranhas

Piranhas eat anything, so make sure that you provide your pets with a variety of food. Make them eat vegetables, processed fish food and frozen fish food products. You can even try to feed them fish fins and scales because these are the type of food that they eat in the wild. This will provide your pets a healthy and balanced diet that will keep them healthy and strong. This will also minimize attacks on other fish in your tank.

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Yep, we do need all the knowledge we can get about taking care of this dangerous fish. Good advice you presented here.

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