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post #31 of 53 Old 09-04-2012, 08:35 PM
How big are your blood parrots? Also as I said before if you are going to do bichirs, you don't need to be keeping Tetra's in there unless you are okay when the potentially becoming food and then they end up being a very expensive dinner/lunch/snack.

Also I'd be wary of the blue gourami for the same reason.

EDIT: Um...those Blood Parrots can actually eat most if not all of your fish listed if they are small/young enough. I would heavily suggest not keeping them with anything right now that fits in their mouths.That said a 55 gallon is a good grow out tank for a pair of senegalus provided you give them some floating vegetation.

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post #32 of 53 Old 09-04-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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How big should I let the Senegal get before adding him? I'll make sure to get adult congos. If I see the senegals going after the congos I'll move them out. The gourami is far too large for a senegal or blood parrot to eat(it's a three spot not dwarf) do you think that stock will work? I will be getting a 2in bichr and only feed prepared foods.
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Plus don't albinos stay smaller than regulars?
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i found palmas also. would this be a better option?
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heres the tank. any suggestion for a larger floater that can deal with current? also for the 55 i only have regular lights that came with the hood. will that support live plants or should i try fake?
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post #36 of 53 Old 09-04-2012, 09:08 PM
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How big should I let the Senegal get before adding him? I'll make sure to get adult congos. If I see the senegals going after the congos I'll move them out. The gourami is far too large for a senegal or blood parrot to eat(it's a three spot not dwarf) do you think that stock will work? I will be getting a 2in bichr and only feed prepared foods.
I don't know the size of your parrots so it's hard to say how big the bichirs need to be to not be food.

Give them at least the ability to hit 5-6 inches and too thick for a parrot to eat. That's good to feed them only prepared, not live unless you are doing worms. This adjusted stock should work if you move them around and pay close attention to the behavior of all the fish.

As long as they are fluorescent lights, water sprite and water wisteria (riccia too) should do fine floating. Might give them something like Flourish Comprehensive to give them additional nutrients so they grow out to accommodate your growing fish.
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ok i have wisteria. ive got to see if theyre flourescent. ill get a measurement of him. how long do you thin it will take an albino senegal bichr or a palmas to get to 6in?
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ok i have wisteria. ive got to see if theyre flourescent. ill get a measurement of him. how long do you thin it will take an albino senegal bichr or a palmas to get to 6in?
I cannot say for sure. When I got my Senegalus they were at a good size within 3-6 months and at times hit a full inch more per month. They of course continued growing after put in a larger tank.

Key to good growth is give them lots of uncluttered room to swim, give them a good solid diet, and space. It also does help to keep them in clean water so they don't have health issues.
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Ok the lights are eclipse daylight bulbs. They don't list a K though
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Ok the lights are eclipse daylight bulbs. They don't list a K though
Long as it's not incandescent you will be fine. The plants I listed don't need much.
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