03-19-2008, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by shawnstve
if I go with the Leopard Ctenopomae, than I really cannot add many other fish can I? I really like that fish, its awesome, but is there anything else that wont be attacked by it (its really aggressive) that will go well in a planted tank? I guess the pike ciclids also. But I want more than 2 variety's of fish.
The Leopard Ctenos are not actually all that aggressive. They will eat anything that fits in their mouth, though, but, given some nice tall plants to lurk in or some driftwood overhangs to lurk under, they'll pretty much leave anything else alone. Larger Tetras are fine (Congos in particular), as are barbs, plecos (I have my Ctenos in with a pair of albino bristlenoses that will clean the driftwood right around a lurking cteno without it batting a fin), and larger livebearers (swordtails and mollies - platies might be pushing it.)
Inch for inch, they're less aggressive that my blue gouramis.
I was just reading about Pikes in TFH last month. There are some of the smaller species that do fine in a community tank (again, with nothing small enough to eat), and at least one species that is not a fish eater at all, preferring snails and shrimp.