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"I bought 2 baby black Pacus at a Walmart in Az. in 2005. I had them in a 75 gal bow front aquarium. In 2 months, they tripled in size but one was much larger, and it ate the other one. In a year, the fish grew to about 9' and it was thick. It grew teeth that stuck out of its mouth. It destroyed everything in the tank, like air hoses, live plants, and when I put my hands in tank to clean it, it would bite me....HARD! I was terrified of him. He just swam back and forth, looking out the front of tank. He never stopped. I felt he was miserable and I found a guy in Phoenix who had a 500 gal tank and he came and got him. The man told me that the aggression the fish had was normal and they are carnivorous and must eat meat. I was so happy to get rid of him. I can't believe Walmart sold them. I was told the Black Pacu is a very distant relative of the Pirahna (sp?) But I think they are closely related. I still have 3 scars on my arm where he bit chunks of skin off my arm. I heard a lot of people bought them, and when they got huge and aggressive, people dumped them in Lake Powell."
"Terrie"

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