02-04-2008, 04:52 PM
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See the thing is, you are not considering the long-term requirements.
Yes, it can live with several tankmates when it is small. However, once it grows larger, which it quickly will do so, anything that can fit into its mouth WILL go in there.
Trust me on this, my friend used to have one and it was a monster. I believe several people on these forums can testify to this, actually. I was once in your shoes, and still am, somewhat. I want a bichir so badly, and I'm willing to dedicate and entire tank to a solitary specimen. I will some day, when the opportunity presents itself (an unforeseen disastrous wipe of my current tank, perhaps?).
Good luck, however, I advise against your plans.