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500 Baby Piranhas

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 22, 2011 08:00 AM
A Scottish public aquarium has some exciting new additions ... 500 baby red bellied piranhas, to be exact. Two adult breeding pairs recently spawned, and their eggs have now successfully hatched into 500 newborn babies. Talk about redefining "teething!"
500 Baby Piranhas

A school of red bellied piranhas at the Georgia Aquarium. Photo by Mary Bradley

babypiranha2.jpgThe staff at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, Scotland have moved the fry into their own private nursery tank for their own safety.  The babies are reportedly progressing nicely. If all goes according to plan, the new piranhas will be reintroduced to the main shoal in a few months.

There are 35 species of piranhas, but only about half are carnivorous.  The red bellied piranha is the most notorious of all piranha species, having achieved mythical status as swarming, mindless, flesh-tearing Amazonian monsters.  Much of their reputation is sensationalized media hype.

Visit Piranha Fury's website if you are interested in keeping and/or breeding the red bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri).  Make sure to first check if it is legal to own red bellied piranha in your state or country.


via Small World News Service

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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