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Old 27th July 2006, 12:38   #1
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I recently got a pair of fish for my 70 gallon aquarium (which the guy claims to be Piranhas).

But, it's not diff to get confused between a flesh eating Piranha and a fruit eating Pacu, since they both look similar.

My question is. Is there any way i can find out if, what i've got are actual Piranhas or Pacus?

Couldn't find any websites with satisfying explaination.

The ones i've got are around 4.2" in lenght. They've got a red underbelly, a couple of teeth on the lower/upper jaw and willingly pounce on meat pieces dropped into the tank.

My guess is, if it was a Pacu, it prob wouldn't be interested in meat (as it's a vegetarian)

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Hey, just dip ur lil finger into the tank and I'm sure u'll know which of the two it is ...!!!

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Hey, just dip ur lil finger into the tank and I'm sure u'll know which of the two it is ...!!!
Haha, it don't work that way. Coz the first fish that'l attack my finger will be my 11" Oscar (which belongs to the Cichlid family)



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Pacu's eat meat also...I used to have them years ago. Heh, even I got scammed and thought they were piranha.

Piranha lower jaws are much more muscular and the teeth are more obvious. Also, they are much smaller than Pacus - 6-8" max vs more than a foot for full grown Pacus.

I suggest you starve the fish for a day or so and then drop a guppy or baby goldfish in there. Best way to find out.

Post some pics of your fish and I'll ask some friends to have a look.

Also visit http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/. There are some good people on the site who can clarify your doubts.
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Shan2nu i thought Piranha were banned in india ? and a 70 gallon aquarium damnnn !!!
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Haha, it don't work that way. Coz the first fish that'l attack my finger will be my 11" Oscar (which belongs to the Cichlid family)



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then put all your ten fingers
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Shan2nu i thought Piranha were banned in india ? and a 70 gallon aquarium damnnn !!!
I don't think all breeds of Piranhas are banned. Only the red bellied one i guess. 99% of the aquariums sell you Pacus, telling you they're Piranhas. I guess my fishes are no diff.

Will see if i can take some good snaps of them and post them.

Yup, we got the tank made last week. 56" in lenght, 18" in height and 16" in width. It's actually 69.XX gallons.

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No thank you. Driving is more imp to me than finding out their breed. LOL

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Yup, we got the tank made last week. 56" in lenght, 18" in height and 16" in width. It's actually 69.XX gallons.
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@shan2nu chk this link on Piranha identification..might be helpful.

http://www.piranha-fury.com/pfury/in...showtopic=9708
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Hey there are some breeders selling genuine red bellies in Mumbai and Bangalore. I'm not too sure about other places.

The link I posted earlier has lots of contact details etc. It's like a t-bhp for fish lovers.

Btw, if you have an Oscar in the same tank and it's not yet been attacked, I think you've got Pacus. Piranha are real mofos. They won't do anything in front of you when they're new, but in the dark they will attack anything else in the water.
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Well, i guess they're Red Bellied Pacus. Bcos the lower jaw is in line with the upper one. Piranhas are said to have a huge lower jaw.

But the overall shape and colour looks like this particular Piranha.


PS : If these are Pacus, then i'm gonna need a big pond, to keep them. I heard they grow upto 24" (they're 4.2" now). So far, so good.

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@ boom; nice liner; tbhp for fishes.

thats not a Piranha I guess. I had some before. YOur fish is beautiful My Piranha didnt look like this at all.

and the tail of ur fish,its 2 long to be of a piranha

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thats not a Piranha I guess. I had some before. YOur fish is beautiful My Piranha didnt look like this at all.

and the tail of ur fish,its 2 long to be of a piranha
Hahah, it's obviously not a Piranha. The firt pic i've posted, is that of my Oscar. No wonder it looks more beautiful than your Piranha. LOL

My Pacus looks like the Piranha pic i've posted above your reply.

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Hey that doesn't look like any oscar i've ever seen.

I've had oscars and they looked like these http://www.oscarfish.com/
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Hey that doesn't look like any oscar i've ever seen.
This one is a long tail version of the Oscar. U must have had the regular, short tail one.

He was only 4" when we got him a year ago. He killed his pair (territorial fight). Was living alone until we got the Pacus. Had to literally sit with a stick to defend the Pacus bcoz he was not used to sharing his tank with other fishes.

He's bitten me several times and believe it or not, he can draw blood. My fish guy didn't believe it, until he got bit. LOL

I've got a vid of him attacking my hand (to protect his territory). Will post it in a while.

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Heh. So what the hell do you need piranha for? Your oscar seems to be doing the needful.

I had to give mine away because they got too aggressive with my other fish...they actually learnt to jump onto the turtle platform, flip around on their sides and grab food out of my hands or the turtles' mouths!

Still remember, once I asked my mom to feed the fish when I was away. She called up to complain that 2 of my fish were "behaving very badly" and grabbing food from her.

Anyways, so you planning on keeping the pacus?
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