Contents of piranhas in the aquarium

Piranhas are predatory freshwater fish, native to South America. Adult specimens grow to 28 cm. Life expectancy varies from 6 to 16 years depending on the species.piranhas in an aquariumPiranhas in an aquarium need a company. Photo: GettyThe most common aquarium piranhas are the following:

  • piranha ordinary;
  • red paku;
  • metinnis lunar and common.

These species are calmer in nature than theirbrothers living in a natural environment. Fish need space for movement. For every 2-3 cm of the body of an adult, 7-8 liters of water is needed. Therefore, purchase aquariums from 100 liters to maintain a flock of piranhas. If they do not have enough space, then they attack their fellow men. Get offspring in the aquarium is difficult. For this, very soft water of acid reaction is needed. Piranhas are schooling predators. Therefore, get 6-8 individuals at once. Loneliness makes them shy and shortens the life span. Put snags in the aquarium, make caves and shelters of stones, plant dense vegetation. Piranhas need places for shelter. Piranhas are sensitive to temperature. It should be within 24-28 C. Therefore, get a water heater and a thermometer. A long stay in cold or very warm water leads to illness and death. Provide also high-quality filtration and powerful aeration.

What to feed a piranha in an aquarium

In food, the fish are unpretentious. However, they can not be overfed. To keep the water clean, remove uneaten remains after feeding. Feed piranhas once a day only 2-3 minutes. Forage will suit:

  • tadpoles;
  • shrimp;
  • earthworms;
  • frozen fish;
  • beef.

Cut the meat and fish into slices. From the fish, also make minced meat and add carrots and spinach to it. Do not feed piranhas with freshwater fish, so that no parasites appear. Also, you can not give exclusively beef meat. It breaks the metabolism and leads to the loss of color. For small piranhas worms of bloodworms and tubule will do. On average, piranhas eat food, which is equal to the weight of their body. Periodically spend unloading days, so as not to provoke obesity. If fish eat reluctantly, then check the water temperature. Proper care and feeding will ensure health and mobility to these unusual fish. Also interesting: