Piranhas: Everything about Purchase, Nutrition, Behavior, and Breeding

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Despite the exaggerated reputation piranhas have acquired from horror movies, these fish make fascinating additions to many hobbyists' fish tanks. Barron's extensive line of Complete Pet Owner's Manuals presents information for non-specialist animal owners and prospective owners, with facts about each animal's origins and traits, as well as advice on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care, and much more. Each book is individually written by a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. Titles ...

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Overview

Despite the exaggerated reputation piranhas have acquired from horror movies, these fish make fascinating additions to many hobbyists' fish tanks. Barron's extensive line of Complete Pet Owner's Manuals presents information for non-specialist animal owners and prospective owners, with facts about each animal's origins and traits, as well as advice on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care, and much more. Each book is individually written by a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. Titles in this series cover every popular breed of dog and cat, freshwater and marine fish, many bird varieties, and virtually all other animals that are kept as pets. All books are filled with handsome color photos and instructive line illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764139581
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 987,243
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     5
Preface to Second Edition     5
Origin of the Name Piranha     6
Evolution of the Myth     7
Seeking the Truth     8
A Special Note About Photographs     9
Piranha Taxonomy and Anatomy     11
Taxonomy     11
Classification     11
Piranha Genera     13
Piranha Senses     16
Piranhas in Nature     19
Distribution     19
The Water     20
Seasonal Changes     22
Natural Behavior and Diet     23
Piranha Reproduction     25
Natural Enemies     27
The Piranha Aquarium     29
Selecting the Aquarium     29
Aquarium Placement     30
Aquarium Equipment     31
Filtration Processes     32
Selecting Your Filter     33
pH     36
Obtaining Your Piranhas     36
HOW-TO: Setting Up the Aquarium     40
Piranha Care and Breeding     43
Keeping Piranhas Together     43
Mixing Piranhas with Other Fish Species     44
Feeding Your Piranhas     45
Moving a Piranha     47
Breeding Piranhas at Home     48
Disposing of Unwanted Piranhas     51
HOW-TO: Aquarium Maintenance     52
Health Problems and Diseases     55
The Species     65
Information     92
Tables of Equivalents and Conversions     93
Index     94
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