Originally Posted by charliebankston
Haha! I used to have a pacu back 30 yes ago. The lfs
i bought it at didn't tell me much about him, so I had it in a 20g and it eventually died. It wasn't until years later I was in Galveston at an aquarium and saw pacu in there as big as a dog that I realized how wrong I was. But that guy never gave advice, just wanted money. He never explained cycling to me etc. Can't imagine why he went out of business lol
Before I rescued Alice, I read horror stories about people who had no idea what they were getting into, and weren't told at the LFS
. If I recall even Walmart was into the weird looking piranha (pacu) retail craze for a while. I also read that pacu are becoming prized food fish due to their ability to withstand less than optimal water conditions in breeder pins. BTW, I'm being kind in my description of foreign fish pins. This is a family-friendly fish forum, right?
My first view of Alice was in a filthy "show tank" with a decrepit HOB
that was never serviced before I started working there. She had a stand of hair-algae growing on her back (which infuriated me no-end).
As you might be able to tell, I'm a fiery anti-cruelty advocate. The difference in this case was that I was able to correct things directly.