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Old 06-27-2012, 06:58 AM   #11
 
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Bichirs are opportunistic hunters. An african knife is a better tank mate for them. I'm sure the BGK was laying on it's side on the bottom, or doing some other weird BGK behavior that left it exposed. African knives are not like that - they are active upright swimmers - the bichir would never have such an opportunity. The african is also better suited to your tank size.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
 
why is my new BGK (he is way bigger then my first BGK, hes like the bichir size) there? My old one use to do that too.

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:36 PM   #13
 
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It looks like it's hiding in the corner. Have you given it a pipe to hide in?
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:02 AM   #14
 
i am no longer getting a BGK ever! My new one died...... He was pretty big. 4-5 inches. He got stuck to the filter (and i have filter sponge on it) twice... My balas don't get stuck... my silver tips don't...
R.I.P BGK.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:37 AM   #15
 
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It died before getting stuck.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:17 PM   #16
 
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This is a lesson learned, but I must point out how this can be prevented.

The BGK is a sensitive fish that must have an appropriate environment. This is a nocturnal fish, and it lives in very dark habitats on top of that. Overhead tank light is highly stressful, especially to a new specimen. This is a wild caught fish. Dim lighting (floating plants should cover the aquarium with this fish present, or there should be no overhead light until it is settled and then minimal), lots of hiding spots, and very mild tankmates.

The bichir is a predator, and even if it is not attacking it sis sending out pheromones and allomones that the BGK can read, and it knows there is a predator lurking. This too is stressful.

Read the BGK profile, please.
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