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post #21 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 09:25 AM
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Good luck. I am trying to train my BGK to eat pellets....

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #22 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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What are you gonna keep yours with?
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post #23 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 10:57 AM
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I'm not entirely sure yet. Big fish

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Jaysee do you think the bgk would overstock me? I'm not in the position to upgrade any time soon but adding filtration I could do.
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post #26 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 01:35 PM
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From a bioload perspective, probably not. However, from a compatibility point of view, I dont know - I don't know enough about some of your cichlids.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #27 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 02:02 PM
Sorry to break your enthusiasm here but your 120 gallon tank is not big enough for a BGK. These guys need wider tanks and if yours is a tall, than turning around as an adult is going to be an issue. They do not have very flexible spines.

You are better off getting an eel (if one at all)as it won't be a bioload issue, and the peacock will be very comfortable in the size tank you have. Although...compatibility wise I'm not convinced ins a good idea to put it in with potentially aggressive cichlids. Peacock eels are not aggressive fish. They are shy, and very very peaceful. If you could comfortably go with a larger sized eel that probably would be better as it is more capable of putting up a fight for itself. I don't know if any of the larger species will suit your tank as it's not an area I am well versed in yet. Some of those larger species are more aggressive and as such may be better suited.

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Sorry to break your enthusiasm here but your 120 gallon tank is not big enough for a BGK. These guys need wider tanks and if yours is a tall, than turning around as an adult is going to be an issue. They do not have very flexible spines.
I agree, I think the tank is a bit short in length. But it's wide. I also agree that an eel would be a better choice.

As far as inflexible spines - my BGK is about 12 inches long and when it was netted, the fish almost folded in half. It was also able to turn around in the bag. Both things I did not expect, after hearing about how inflexible they are.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #29 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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The tank is 48in long 24in wide and I think its like 26in tall or something around that. I don't see the cichlids posing a threat. The blood parrot can't do anything. The kirin and severum are big babies they aren't even aggressive towards other cichlids and the jd doesn't really mess with anybody. The jd is the most aggressive by profile but its a female and not very aggressive from what I've seen. I have plenty of flat round rocks for him to hide in and an amazon sword. I've been trying to get the tank more planted but plants aren't doing that well. They're living but not growing much. I'll do the eel if it would be better. I just really like the bgk. I would have a backup 55 by the time I get him so I could move out problem fish.
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post #30 of 30 Old 06-20-2013, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Would 3 rope fish be too much for the tank? Maybe they'd be a better choice?
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