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Queens man's fish is 43 years old, weighs 20 pounds

Steve Gruebel poses for a portrait with his

Steve Gruebel poses for a portrait with his 43-year-old pet fish. (March 8, 2010) Credit: Charles Eckert

It sounds fishy but a New York City pet shop owner says it’s true.

Buttkiss, the black pacu he owns, is 43 and weighs 20 pounds.

A pacu is a breed that’s related to the piranha.

Steve Gruebel owns Cameo Pet Shop in Queens. He got Buttkiss in 1967 when he was just a wee thing. He sold him a year later when Buttkiss was two inches long. But in 1970, Buttkiss was returned when he outgrew the buyer’s tank.

Buttkiss lives in only a four-foot-long, 75-gallon tank. Gruebel says he’s afraid to move him because he may not survive the changing environment.

Buttkiss is beginning to show his age. He has arthritic gills and glaucoma in his right eye.


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