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post #1 of 15 Old 12-18-2009, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Looking to get Sengal (Dinosaur) Bichirs in the future -- Questions!

Hello all, I am looking to get Dinosaur or Sengal Bichirs in the future and I am in the research stage.

They will be housed in a 55 gallon long tank. (If I am correct, that is approxamately 4 feet in length.)
The substrate WILL be sand and there will be no current-producing outtake, other than whatever the filter produces.
I would like to purchase one, maybe two and something that is middle as well as top-dwelling.
I was thinking a needle fish or two (not pencilfish!) for the top and maybe a couple Spotted Bushfish for the middle? I'd prefer Discus for the middle, but are they compatable?
I will post diet information when tankmates are decided.

Option 1?:

2 Sengal Bichirs
3 Discus
2 Needlefish
1 Spotted Bushfish

Option 2?:

2 Sengal Bichirs
2 Spotted Bushfish
2 Needlefish

I'd like a somewhat large middle-dwelling fish and an active one at that.

Please post any suggestions as far as tankmates go.

Thanks much,
Charlie

P.S. This won't be happening for a while as I am 15 years of age and without a job. I have 5 years of experience in the aquarium hobby and this will be my largest tank yet.

EDIT: I will be preforming bi-weekly water changes and rather than cycling, I will be using the product 'Cycle' with regular PWCs.
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-18-2009, 10:48 AM
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no needlefish, discus, or bushfish. needlfish get to big, discus arent compadable, and bushfish arent compatable. som silverdollars might work, but idk much about them. i wouldnt mix the birchers, although idk much about that either.

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post #3 of 15 Old 12-18-2009, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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I've read stories about bushfish being compatable, and Silver Dollars don't have much color. How about Bala Sharks?
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-18-2009, 05:55 PM
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LoL maybe if you bump that tank up to a 200g.
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With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-24-2009, 08:38 AM
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I have a senegal bichir, an african knife, a leopard bushfish and an african butterfly in my 55. The bushfish is by far the king of the tank.

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 #7 of 15 Old 12-24-2009, 08:55 AM
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Silver dollars don't have much color, but they are so much fun to watch in schools. I have 3 of them in my tank and they are my favorite fish to observe.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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What about the silver dollar makes them interesting?

I'm going to start the Bichir in a 35 gallon long I have, and breed guppies for it in a ten gallon. If I were to purchase a fancy goldfish and let it grow out in a 20 or just buy an older, larger goldfish, would it be compatable with the Bichir since it wouldn't fit in its mouth and is relatively peaceful?

Also; will two 30-60 gallon filters in my 35 gallon keep the water clean with regular weekly water changes? I found them on sale and was looking to buy two for that tank.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-01-2010, 01:27 AM
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Yeah, two of those filters would be good.

I don't know about a bichir and a goldfish. Perhaps if you got a big gf...

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 #10 of 15 Old 01-01-2010, 01:32 AM
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You should get a leopard bush fish!!!! http://www.freewebs.com/fruitbat/cacutirostre15.jpg

If you're breeding guppies for food, you'll LOVE this fish. Such an awesome predator.

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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