09-04-2012, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by allaboutfish
Ok so what's a smaller species of bichr? Or maybe even an active catfish I can keep?
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Senegalus, Delhezi, Palmas are the three I know of off the top my head that stay within lengths that are appropriate for your size tank. I have no experience with Cat-Fish so I cannot help you there.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Eep, Sang hate to correct you but I'm pretty sure there's no documented case of ropes reaching 3 feet, though some profiles say they do. I think 2 feet ones are found in the wild, but in aquaria 16" is a huge rope fish. As far as I know. :/
But yes they are social little guys that appreciate their buddies. They are also some of the craziest fish you can get, I'd say the best escape artists we keep in tanks. They have a lot of quirks, and I don't think they're a good match for the tank, especially with the pleco involved.
But, Sang is my bichir mentor and I'd listen to her advice on bichir, those "Monster Keepers" know nothing about keeping fish happy. >_<
Try a synodontis of sorts? I love synos.
In the wild they can and do reach 3 feet. Though from what I read with people who have them they often stay within the two feet range. Still though even then that's a two foot fish at least in a four foot tank (need at least three since they are social), and the tank itself is only two feet wide. There is a reason why I didn't want to keep a Ornate in the 75 for long. Though a Rope-Fish is going to be a lot thinner than a ornate, I'd prefer to see them in 100 + tanks. Also they are escape artists. They would be well able at full growth to continuously test your top his top it's only two feet high tank wise (less when you factor in substrate and lowering the water line just a bit because Rope-Fish).
If you can rehome the pleco, than I'd say go for it Allaboutfish. Gives you more options to keep one very happy full grown bichir later on down the road for life. :3
EDIT: If you are careful about providing two good hide spaces you could potentially keep two Senegalus in a tank that size considering it's width. Just be aware they like space, and love bottom room to move around. They need their own hide spaces that are separate...and distanced well from each other.
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