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Old 07-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
 
Just pointing out that the ornate bichir is a heavily shy fish when small. It can easily take 6 months to a year for a individual to grow big enough and trusting enough to come out on a regular basis. Even then they have very...cranky temperaments.

Lovely fish though as an adult. Your baby is a cutie.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:04 PM   #12
 
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Thank you! Yes I figured as much with the shyness. Honestly expected the baby to not be seen for a while. The tank has serious crazy plants and hiding spots. So far seems not very shy during feeding time but spends a good part of the day in the thicker plants. Very cute and was ok with timidly taking food from my hand. I'm very excited to see it grow up. Extraordinary colors and adorable behavior.


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Old 07-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #13
 
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The little one has now made a regular routine of coming out for feeding time in the AM then in the middle of the night a few loop de loops of the tank and a little interaction with me through the glass. Only thing I find it doing is testing the boundaries with my dwarf orange crays. It is having trouble believing they (while the smallest in the tank) are some of the most aggressive. Every feeding the bichir seems to target food near the crays followed by a crazy fly at you and pinch you routine by the crays. I almost think given the circumstance it is provoking a reaction for entertainment. honestly I really believe that.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #14
 
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Sounds like fun :) you should get videoss
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:21 PM   #15
 
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I really should! When I get my new phone. Or steal my sisters new awesome camera. Because .. Well ... Um someone says my videos suck( lol they actually do.. I'm the iPhone murderer). Actually I'm going to make her take at least pics of some fish tonight if she remembers her camera.


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Old 07-07-2013, 07:27 PM   #16
 
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Um someone says my videos suck
What a jerk!
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
 
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What a jerk!
I knooowww. And as you can see I'm super hurt n stuff like that about that comment . I may or may not have cried for days over that... . I'm all sensitive n sh@t.
... She better bring her camera. My sister got an awesome pic of one of the crays last week.. off subject.. but dis mah thread mah rules.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:14 PM   #18
 
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the hunter??

OK now I have questions. I noticed the baby hadn't made a big deal of feeding time for the last couple days but still did her nightly rounds like clockwork. I knew I'd have to kiss my dwarf crays and shrimps goodbye but had no idea it would be this quickly. I managed to catch one of the..it think 4 or maybe 5 dwarf crays I had and put it in another tank just to keep one. I saw the bichir at feeding today but ..well it wasn't eating what I put in the tank..lol. Suspiciously slinking through the jungle that is at the back of my tank where the shrimp seek shelter. And can't see any shrimp (unless there are a few really good at hiding) and found during a water change the remains of at least 2 murdered crays in the bichirs hiding spot. Now have estabished it prefers live food. Do I just supply my tank with a weekly amount of ghost shrimp or do I discourage this altogether? How do you do that? Will the bichir give up when no more inverts are around to eat?
Also do they kill for vengence sometimes? It looked like it hadn't really wanted to eat the cray more like it just killed them and took a few bites then left them. I saw the crays and the bichir having it out a few days before over some food during feeding time.
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OK now I have questions. I noticed the baby hadn't made a big deal of feeding time for the last couple days but still did her nightly rounds like clockwork. I knew I'd have to kiss my dwarf crays and shrimps goodbye but had no idea it would be this quickly. I managed to catch one of the..it think 4 or maybe 5 dwarf crays I had and put it in another tank just to keep one. I saw the bichir at feeding today but ..well it wasn't eating what I put in the tank..lol. Suspiciously slinking through the jungle that is at the back of my tank where the shrimp seek shelter. And can't see any shrimp (unless there are a few really good at hiding) and found during a water change the remains of at least 2 murdered crays in the bichirs hiding spot. Now have estabished it prefers live food. Do I just supply my tank with a weekly amount of ghost shrimp or do I discourage this altogether? How do you do that? Will the bichir give up when no more inverts are around to eat?
Also do they kill for vengence sometimes? It looked like it hadn't really wanted to eat the cray more like it just killed them and took a few bites then left them. I saw the crays and the bichir having it out a few days before over some food during feeding time.
It's nothing to be worried about. Pretty certain your little bichir is eating everything that looks smells and tastes like a shrimp.

Now that said I wouldn't continue to allow the fish to eat live foods. Once he kills off what is in there don't introduce anything else. Feeding purely on prekilled from this age will go a long way to make this fish much more friendly/less aggressive to future tank mates.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
 
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Well then .. I guess dwarf crays don't taste too much like shrimp. Or the bichir was feeling like murder could be a sport and a way to eat sometimes lol
Ornates get pretty darn big, knowing that how would you saw my 3 male DGs will do once it's larger? Once everyone is full grown they will be very small compared to the other tank mates. They are peaceful even though generally DGs have a reputation for aggression... does that make a difference at all?
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