11-13-2008, 07:35 PM
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I am a little discouraged with Bichirs at the moment. Mike Hellweg (who y'all may know from his book on Culturing live food and his articles in TFH) spoke at Potomac Valley Aquarium Society last Monday (On breeding cyprinids, but that's not germane to this). After the meeting I asked him for advice on what midwater fish might survive in a 110 gallon heavily planted tank with 2 Senegal bichirs and 3 adult Leopard Ctenopomae, and he said, "Nothing for long. The bichirs," he pronounces it "Bikers", "will eat any fish you put in there. Then they'll eat the bushfish. Eventually the larger bichir will eat the smaller bichir. They get about 2' long. And they Bite."
I said, "Hmm, these are Senegal bichirs. I read they get 12 to 14 inchs a couple of places."
He said, "Yeah, but the get a lot bigger in captivity. Up to about 30". I've had it happen to me."
So I am frustrated. The guy knows what he's talking about and has kept them before. At this point I am hoping that he had one of the ones that is just cantankerous and viscious (which I understand can happen) and that mine will turn out to be more mellow.