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post #11 of 31 Old 01-12-2010, 05:21 PM
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One 600 is def plenty enough in my eyes. Personally having planted tanks I'd get the next smaller model for a 32g, but that's your choice.
If you wanna see how these exact internal filters look inside a tank...look at my aquarium log "New 45g"...and just so you find it, its in the right rear corner

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post #12 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Which model do you recommend non-planted and planted? (two separate models)

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post #13 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 09:11 AM
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For non planted (no plants to act as bio filtration) I'd get the 600'er; for a planted tank I'd get the smaller model.

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post #14 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about non-planted (although I'd really like planted, I read they like to play around in the substrate, therefore tearing up plants) just for the sake of my well-earned money.

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post #15 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 09:54 AM
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I have not housed the particular fish you've listed...But my Yellow Labs sure were some diggers tearing up the sand inside & out each & every day.....but hardy plants like Hygrophilia and large Swords work well there (See under my aquarium log "Yellows Tank").
I'd pers never give up on plants because of the fish lol there's always a way to work both And really if you get Hygrophilias (something like Angustifolia or alike) they're inexpensive and pinching off side shoots or tops, you can raise your own there in no time.

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post #16 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Are Bichirs and Yellow Labs compatable?

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post #17 of 31 Old 01-13-2010, 04:44 PM
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Nope. While the bichirs *might* be able to adapt to the kind of water parameters you'd keep yellow labs in (that's a big might), the main issue here is diet. Bichirs are essentially pure carnivores that need meaty foods in their diets, while the labs are omnivores that lean heavily toward plant matter. They will tend to eat whatever meaty foods they can get their, uh, fins on. This means that keeping the two fish together will likely result in labs that are eating way more protein than they should be, resulting in bloat, among other health issues. Not to mention that the labs are pretty aggressive fish and might beat up on the more docile bichir (or, if the bichir is very large and you get small labs, they'll likely get eaten).

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post #18 of 31 Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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So, what fish are recommended kept with the Polypterus Sengalus? I'll have another 55 long homing two Sengals and something else. Opinions?

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The bichirs can adapt to a pretty wide spectrum of water parameters, so just avoid the extremes (like the rift lake conditions the labs would prefer) when looking for tankmates. Bichirs are very calm fish, so good tankmates include other fish that are too large to be eaten and who don't have bullying personalities. Another member here keeps his with leopard bushfish and the two do very well together.

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I keep my senegal in a 55 with a leopard bushfish and an african knife. I had an african butterfly too, but it jumped out.

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