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should i try senegal bichrs again or something else?
Old 09-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #21
 
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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.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #22
 
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I can take the pleco out. Might take me a while though.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #23
 
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I already have syno petricola in another tank.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #24
 
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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.


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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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Old 09-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #25
 
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Ok well how do I make sure this one doesn't die? I think I want an albino. I have a glass top by the way. What should I use to plug up old filter holes in the back of the glass? Also would you suggest rope fish or a Senegal bichr?
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:58 PM   #26
 
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Ok well how do I make sure this one doesn't die? I think I want an albino. I have a glass top by the way. What should I use to plug up old filter holes in the back of the glass? Also would you suggest rope fish or a Senegal bichr?
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Due to your tank's size I would recommend the Senegalus. You can keep two of them but as I said make sure to plan the tank out so that there are two very good hide spots they can use for when they want to be away from each other and alone. Also it helps getting them from the same place, and the same tank, and around the same size.

My best suggestion to make sure they live is to try to see if you can put them in a grow out tank first. Even if it is only for a few months. Get them to a good 4-5 inch size so they can easily reach the top of the tank. If that is not doable get some good floating plants. A riccia mat, floating pennywort, a floating bunch of water sprite or water wisteria..all of this is good stuff for a very young bichir. It is natural for them to want to hang out on top of those plants because it makes getting to the air much easier.

If you have to hold off till you get something good floating in the tank that is growing and thriving...it's worth it! Also make sure you have good foods on hand for them. These fish should not grow up on pellets and flakes alone.

As for plugging up the holes, for an area like a water outflow you can cut up some plastic mesh and layer it over where the water spills out. Also cheese-cloth is decent as well but will deteriorate after a while. Stick with Plastic Mesh. Find a good way to keep it down on the tank, and your fish will stay in the tank.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #27
 
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I have an extra 55 I could use. But that's not much shorter. Haha. I do have floating plants but they aren't that many in this tank Bc of the flow.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #28
 
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If I did 1 could I do this?
2-blood parrots
1-Kirin parrot
8-Congo tetras
1-albino Senegal bichr? I'll post a pic of the tank in a sec
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:16 PM   #29
 
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Oh and my blue gourami
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:24 PM   #30
 
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Oh do y'all think the blood parrot could've eatin them? I put 2 1.50-2in Congo tetras in there a few days ago and I'm pretty sure he ate them Bc he went after them and then I haven't seen them since. He didn't bother cherry barbs though so I don't know where they went. Unless they're still hiding.
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