Species group: Piranhas
Other common names: Gold Piranha; Golden Piranha; Black Diamond Gold Piranha; Red-Throated Piranha; Speckled Piranha; Black-Banded Piranha
Scientific name: Serrasalmus spilopleura
Breeding is by spawning. Eggs are laid on roots of plants, which hatch just days later. The fry become free-swimming a week later.
Black Diamond Piranhas have a unique body and eye color. The body is covered with shimmering dark silvery golden scales giving it a silver speckled look. Their eyes are ominous looking due to their black and flame red coloration.
The Black Diamond Piranha is famous for being aggressive and dangerous like any other Piranha. This species is said to be an untiring fin nipper. They linger around prey disinterestedly and approach them with out alarm. Then, they suddenly dash to attack the tails and fins of their prey.
The ideal tank for this species is 50 gallons or more. The Black Diamond Piranha is usually kept solitary. The tank has to be provided with plenty of plants for breeding and caves for hiding. Heavy duty filtration is a necessity.
strong filters, super messy eaters, hefty price tag, large aggressive fish
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 1357 days ago