piranhas in the aquarium

Exotic predatory piranha fish often become a decoration for home aquariums. Subject to certain rules of keeping, some types of piranhas may well live in such conditions. The most common of these are common piranha, red pack, moon methinnis and common methinnis.

Keeping piranhas in a home aquarium

Arranging an aquarium for piranhas and caring for them has its own nuances and features. First of all, the correct temperature regime is important – in the range from +25 to +28 ° С. To maintain it, a thermometer and a water heater must be present in the aquarium. A prolonged decrease in temperature can lead to fish diseases, reduced immunity, heart damage, etc.

Also, keeping piranhas in an aquarium involves constantly maintaining the purity of the water and its saturation with oxygen. For this, a filter and a compressor for aeration are installed. In addition, about once every 1-2 weeks you need to change part of the water.

As for the volume of the aquarium, for every 2.5 cm of the body of the fish you need 8 liters of water. Accordingly, the minimum volume of water in the aquarium is 100 liters. The lack of space affects the behavior of the inhabitants – piranhas can cripple each other. And since piranhas like to hide, vegetation, snags, houses, caves and other shelters should be present in the aquarium.

What to feed piranhas in an aquarium?

In food, piranhas are completely unpretentious. They eat all types of live food equally well. The only rule is not to overfeed them. It is advisable to feed them once a day, limited to two minutes. Longer feeding times cause food to sink to the bottom and pollute the aquarium, which is highly undesirable as it leads to illnesses in the fish.

For piranhas in an aquarium to be healthy, their diet must be varied. It should include shrimp, tadpoles, beef, frozen fish fillets. It is not recommended to feed piranhas with meat alone, as this causes tarnishing of the scales. It is also undesirable to feed piranhas with freshwater fish meat, as this leads to the appearance of parasites and various diseases in them.

Young piranhas are great at eating bloodworms and tubifex. Gradually, as they grow older, fish and meat should be included in their diet. And at the age of three months, piranhas can be completely transferred to an adult diet.