07-20-2012, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by velgore
i see what you guys are saying.
i has planned on getting a bigger tank but when the bgk had grown a little. they are my fav. would keeping it in a small tank till its grown be allright and if so how long will it take to grow?
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As mentioned, they must always be in a tank at least 3 times their length, and the tank must be wider then they are long because they can not bend their body much to make a turn.
Fish grow very quickly, you would have to obtain the full 6ft (183 cm) x 2ft (61 cm) tank within 1 year, possibly 2.
Since these fish are not at all rare in the hobby, I would strongly suggest not buying one until you already have the tank. They're not going anywhere, so it can wait until you have the means to care for them. Life happens, and it would be a real shame for you to buy the fish then any number of things happening in the meantime preventing you from upgrading to the larger tank it needs. Finding a new home for a fish that requires such a large aquarium is not something easily done and most often the fish suffers for it.