Originally Posted by Jakiebabie
Hey Can Fish. That tank is looking fabulous. I love the video. The 2 groups are so tentative, exploring in little schools!
I am fascinated with your Leopard Bullfish. Was that a Big Al's purchase too? Will it be staying in the 55? I've never ever seen them for sale anywhere, but would also love to have one. They would go ok with my Congo Tetras but not sure about my Rainbowfish. What have you learned about them?
Yes, I did get that at Big Al's. By coincidence they had a mature specimen that was returned for sale at the same time as they got in juveniles. The mature one was a picky eater though, and the young 'uns were not, so I opted for one of the babies.
From everything I have read, they are a peaceful community fish, but it is a predator, so as it grows it will munch on any fish that can fit in its mouth.
I was worried about it being bothered by the silver dollars, just because they're big and the Leopard Bush is supposedly timid, but he seems nonplussed. He certainly holds his own at feeding time.
Their mouth opens up into a tube when they eat, and they strike fast. It's cool to watch. He sort of glides around the tank, it's neat how they move. And he has the coolest looking flippers (or whatever they're called, fins?) that I have ever seen.
I plan on leaving him in the 55, unless he gets so big that he can eat the serpaes, but I presume that would be years down the road, as he is smaller than a molly right now.
I'm not sure how he would do with Rainbowfish. Mine are so boisterous. My silver dollar tank is a lot more mellow. I'm watching him right now and he is coasting along next to one of the little balas, eyeballing the substrate for food, as I fed them a little while ago. He is more social than I thought he would be.
Did you see this video of him:
You can see his crazy mouth when he eats a piece of food really quick.
That was the first day we brought him home, I think. I coaxed him out with some food. He's more bold now, and floats around the tank all day. Sometimes he'll float in a plant or in the pirate ship and you can tell he's just waiting for something to float by that will fit into his mouth, lol.
Now he's drifting along the top of the aquarium. He makes use of the whole thing. He's fun to watch, such an attractive fish!