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Old 06-23-2010, 11:10 PM
 
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Are they really banned or is it just one of those nonsense laws that are never enforced, like noise and pollution? I used to have some in a large tank, this is in Texas, but I had to get rid of them when I moved. Now I hear they are banned by Texas. I can get these cheap from south america; cheaper than the scam of buying them in the US.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:20 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Piranhas are generally illeagal to have in the warmer states, but I think stores can still sell them in some Northern states. You would have to check the state lists of controlled species.

I have kept them before, once the novelty wears off, they are pretty dull pets. Young fish are skittish, and older fish need large tanks. They have a lot less personality than say, a pacu or oscar. JMO
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Old 06-26-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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True, they don't have much character but 2 reasons to have them:

- they're colorful
- they're very hardy (unlike neon tetras, for example)
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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They are illegal in several states, including some of the northern ones:

State by State List of Statutes - Prohibit Piranha
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Seems like pretty much every populated state has banned them. Based on all the videos I've seen of these pet fish, I doubt people are paying attention to the ban. I can get them either way and for about 1/10 of the price as in the U.S. What kind of jerk throws pet fish in a river, anyway? They have to ruin it for everybody else. If I can get them home, I don't think there's a problem.
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