What attracts piranhas?
Now that we have covered water parameters for you fish it is important to discus the feeding of your piranhas. Piranhas in nature feed on fins of fish, whole fish, fruits, insects, and mammals. Piranhas generally hunt the weak and injured. Piranhas are attracted to blood and erratic splashing just like sharks.
It must have been a very large school of fish—-or a very small cow. According to Ray Owczarzak, assistant curator of fishes at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, it would probably take 300 to 500 piranhas five minutes to strip the flesh off a 180-pound human.
- The black Piranha is the biggest of South American Piranhas. The he black piranha and the extinct giant piranha, or megapiranha, have the most powerful bites of carnivorous fishes, living or extinct, once body size is taken into account, finds researchers in a paper recently published in Scientific Reports.
- Piranhas have silver body covered with red patches that serve as camouflage in muddy waters which they inhabit. Piranha can be 5.5-17 inches in length and weight about 7.7 pounds.
- Fresh water fish naturally have water flowing into their body. They have no way to dilute it, so they die. Because Piranhas are adapted to live in freshwater not saltwater, they don't have the ability to get rid of excess salt.
Piranha taste very fishy. Think "five days in the sun salmon" fishy. There's a pungent aftertaste of seaweed and blood, as well. The most commonly eaten piranha is the Pygocentrus nattereri, the "red bellied" piranha which is found in the Peruvian and Brazilian waters near the shore and lives off cadavers in the water.
- Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it's taste. Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. However, Koi is expensive to buy (and eat).
- Here are the three best fruits to feed your Koi: Do not feed Koi Grapes unless you want to remove the grape skin; the skin can not be digested by Koi this is how make fish food. Do not ever feed your Koi any corn based fish food. Koi will eat everything except for the skin, this must later be removed from the pond.
- Ghost Koi. The Ghost Koi that surfaced in the early '80s are a hybrid mix of wild carp and single-colored metallic Ogon koi. They are also referred to as Ghost Carp—one of the reasons that koi purists don't recognize them as true Nishikigoi at all.
If you find piranhas for sale in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia or Washington, don't purchase them – you'll be
- Piranhas are usually able to breed by the time they are one year old. Female piranhas will lay several thousand eggs near water plants, onto which the eggs stick. The males then fertilize the eggs.
- In our aquarium, we have had some pacu fish live for nearly 20 years. They grow very big when they're old, around 20 kilos (44 pounds).
- However, Red Belly Pacu only look like piranha as juveniles. The red belly pacu will grow rather quickly and may reach 12 - 24 inches (30 - 61 cm) if properly taken care of. Given their potential adult size you will need an enormous tank to keep one at home, at least 250 gallons (940 liters).
Updated: 3rd October 2019