Ok, first off, wahoo!! Finally moving to a bigger place- a two bedroom for just me and my boyfriend. That means a whole spare room for fish!! *phew* had to get that out. :D
So I'm pretty seriously considering getting a ropefish (and a tank for it :P). I've read a bunch of different reports of this fish, and I'm not sure which one to trust. I've read a huge variety of minimum tank sizes, from 45 to 100 gallons. Would a 75 gallon long be large enough? I figured the long would be good, since they breath atmospheric air, but let me know if I'm totally misguided.
It'll be a sand substrate with a very well fitting top, and very carefully barred off filter. Any recommendations on a filter for a fish that likes to beat up on it and get stuck in it? I planned on making it a pretty well planted tank, with mostly hardy plants like java fern and the like.
Most of what I read said that they weren't aggressive towards fish that were too large for them to eat. Any ideas for a cool fish to keep with them? I know they come from the swamps/marshes of Nigeria, so I thought it would be cool to keep other fish from the same area, if possible.
Anyway, mostly just really excited, even though it will be a couple of months before I get this up and running. I would love to hear any ideas, and any advice from experienced keepers of this fish. Thanks!