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Feeding my piranha

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by JDezy, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. JDezy

    JDezy New Member

    I have a question, i read all these posts about people who feed their piranhas fish, a lot of people (including myself) don't want to drive to the pet store all the time. Can't i just put like 10 fish in the tank and let the piranha eat them when he wants?
  2. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    from my expierence the pirahna will kill all of the fish, even if it isnt hungry anymore....a suggestion thoghu ids that you could buy a 10-20 gallon tank so u can buy a larger amount of goldfish and keep them in that tank so u dont have 2 keep running back and forth. one siudenote however is that goldfish can introduce diseases into your tank and also dont have the nutrients your fish needs. goldfish are mostly fat.
  3. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Do piranhas require live food (namely feeder fish)? Or are they sort of like oscars in that people just like seeing the carnage even though the fish would be better off eating pellets?

  4. Pacuguy

    Pacuguy New Member

    i found tis info on PIRANHAFURY, i dont have any piranhas but i am facinated with them.

    That said; the diet of captive piranhas should consist of at least 95% whole fishes or parts of fishes. These can be varied but some species are more nutritious than others. For example, some good choices to feed your piranhas regularly are those that have what is called "white" flesh. These include but are not limited to: catfish, sea bass, striper, flounder, scrod, blackfish (tautog), halibut, and Tilapia. These fishes are bland but nutrient packed and offer a near complete diet with the only exception being the lipids and fatty acids that are found in organ meat.

    Then we have "pink" fleshed fishes such as: Salmon, trout, sea trout, and orange roughy. Those species that have "pink" flesh are usually fine to feed piranhas in captivity provided that they are fed fresh, very fresh, as the oils that are contained in these fishes are heavy and can cause considerable pollution in your aquariums. The feeding of these fishes to your piranhas should be limited or avoided all together if you cannot clean up after their meal. These meats will definitely cause an oil slick on the surface of your tank's water so be cautioned.

    Finally we have "red" fleshed fishes. These include: Mako, swordfish, marlin, tuna, and all other sharks and billfishes. These meats can be extraordinarily messy to feed and they often release high levels of blood and other juices into the aquarium. The tanks often stink within hours of feeding such foods and they are best avoided all together.
  5. Convict_Breeder

    Convict_Breeder New Member

    I have owned pirahnahs and it is good to feed them pellets before the fish then the fish. or just feed you gold fish or chosen feeder a ton of food and then right after put him in with the pirhanah and he should love it :p :idea:
  6. t_h_e_s_a_c_k

    t_h_e_s_a_c_k New Member

    Piranhas don't require live food, but their diet should consist of mostly fish. In some cases they will only accept feeders. The information that Pacuguy posted is good stuff.

    The people that own piranhas simply to watch them kill live animals are in it for the wrong reasons. I think it's pointless to feed live feeders, it's needless killing, and there are much more healthy foods to feed them...

    Although it is cool to witness the fury every once and a while. :)
  7. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Thanks for the info.


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