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Two pacus or not two pacus
I know this may seem out off the question but in my tanks it works.
I have found that even fish that grow hecka big will not grow to full
size and still live a long happy life(actually I can't say they live
happily cause I'm not the fish but what organism lives a long time
unhappily and doesn't die?) so to get to the point, I have 2 ten gallon
tanks, one with 2 keyhole Cichlids,2 dwarf gouramis and a paradise
fish. the other has a 5 in. oscar (5 inches for the past 2 years with
beautiful fins) a blood parrot and a convict. I wanted to get two
pacus at around 2-3 inches( hoping to stay that size like the oscar).
which tank would it go along the best with? if the Oscar tank, will
the Oscars fins get nipped?
- The first "Aggressive" fish I got was a pacu. I had it in a 15gal
show tank. That worked well for about 2 months. Then I had to get
him a 29gal. About a year after that he couldn't turn around in the
tank and was miserable. I got him a 55 gal and that didn't last to
long either. I finally got him a 80 gal and that worked pretty well.
And that was him by himself!. I have heard of pacu's getting about
the size of garbage can lids. The are the tropical fish equivalent
to a garbage disposal. Mine ate everything (including plastic plants).
I would seriously reconsider putting 2 pacu's in a tank with other
fish. Even if they don't eat them they will probably grow much faster
then the others and hurt the natural territory nature of the other
- Just because your Oscar has stopped growing does not mean the pacu
would. I have one 8" festivum and one 3" festivum that I got at the
same time...so anything can happen. My festivum are in a 55gal tank.
I have read many accounts of people having them where they could not
even turn around in the tank. I believe they also eat other fish on
occasion if opportunity presents itself and they are hungry enough.
So you may be giving one an expensive snack. Anyways what do you plan
on doing if it gets too big? Save some money in case and buy a 125plus
gallon aquarium or flush your poor fish?
- I echo joyce...not exactly an ideal situation even if you can get
it to work...how many times in nature would you find 2 Oscars and
1 or 2 pacus less than 1 foot away from each other...it's like sticking
you and 3 other guys in a 12 x 12 room and saying live there for the
rest of your life...not very pleasant. Believe me, it is much more
fun to try to mimic the natural habitat of fish that you can come
close to their habitats...like small schooling fish....:) curt