Are Red Belly Piranhas no longer available?

deadhead
  • #1
I first started keeping my own aquariums over 30 years ago. One of the first tanks I kept had 6 red belly piranhas as the only inhabitants. I can't remember the last time I saw them at a LFS. I was wondering, are they no longer available to the industry?
 
sipec
  • #2
I first started keeping my own aquariums over 30 years ago. One of the first tanks I kept had 6 red belly piranhas as the only inhabitants. I can't remember the last time I saw them at a LFS. I was wondering, are they no longer available to the industry?
U could see if they're on ur lfs order catalogue, although your fish store might just not have them
 
max h
  • #3
I would say that if they got released into certain freshwater environments they out compete the native fish.

They are illegal in many states for home aquariums.
 
BigManAquatics
  • #4
One of my LFSs had a red belly pirahana couple months ago. He was almost a foot long. Gnarly lookin' fish.
 
EbiAqua
  • #5
They're restricted in certain states, mine included.
 
max h
  • #6
They're restricted in certain states, mine included.

The would devastate the Floridas freshwater ecosystem. We already have enough problems with non native species as it is.
 
oOBlueOo
  • #7
They pop up from time to time in my local fish club. Both red belly and black diamond.
 
max h
  • #8
They pop up from time to time in my local fish club. Both red belly and black diamond.

They sure wouldn't live thru winter if released into a Wisconsin lake unless there was a power plant outlet in the lake.
 
SixThreeOh
  • #9
I have a local store that seems to breed them. They have a wall with red bellies of all sizes from fry to full grown.
 
deadhead
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
I just looked it up. They are illegal in well over half the U.S. states including mine.
 
BigManAquatics
  • #11
You need to move lol
 

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