Hahah I did. He said we can eat it when it gets big. And then get another one.
Bichir aren't electric.. but I just can't see a little delicate elephant nose with a big burly bichir. I also reread PFK's "10 fish the trade would be better off without" about elephant noses and I'm over them for now. Plus PFK's care guide for them.. "cyclops, rotifers, water fleas, white worms." I'd have to start a whole farm of bugs to feed the darned things.
I'll stick to my syno. And ropes and bichir and African knife, am I really regretting my awesome choices? I think it's the best set up for my interests, good variety of big guys that can go together. If the tank was 6" I'd shove an African lungfish in there too... Oh well.
I know. I had forgotten about them pretty much. But seeing them right there. Oh man. I just couldn't watch them stick their little noses into that sharp gravel. Poor things. I'm tempted to ask the LFS how much they charge per elephant nose. But I don't know.. I think I want to avoid them for now. Even though SF says they're good with bichir, I just can't see it.. But the pet store also had a 4" Synodontis alberti for only $10. At least that's what it was advertised as, and that's probably my favourite syno. If he's still there I'm gonna get him when I can.
All this time my dad's on the side lines trying to talk me into a black ghost knife... -sigh-
My LFS has 3 elephant noses... for $40 each. >_________> I'd throw everything away for a school of 5. NOT HAPPENING. I don't know. Seriously fish is confusing me. "Itís less easily kept with conspecifics. Buying only 2 is not recommended, as the stronger will often bully the weaker to death. If you wish to keep more than one of these youíll need a suitably large tank with lots of hiding places. Buy at least 5 fish in order to disperse aggression within the group."
"Suggested tankmates include other African species such as Butterfly fish, smaller bichirs, Congo tetras, Synodontis catfish and Ctenopoma species."
It's soooo perfect. It's meant to be. That's my entire stocking minus the knife (electric). Waaah!
I don't know what to tell you about those little guys either. I thought they chirped. I was thinking about getting a tank of them for just that reason.
I'm a much better writer than photographer, so I try to stick to wordy posts. I've been reading your blog, and I really like it! It's a great way for me to learn about oddballs because I love a picture to go along with a description. That last one you posted, the humphead perchlet, is... something else. Man that fish is ugly.
No, frogs aren't chirping. I don't know, my frog breeding thing is a mess. The female is extremely aggressive towards the male, no one on the ADF thread knows why. I don't know if anything will actually come from it.
Monster fish blog.. but it's on tumblr so for it to be popular it needs to be a lot of photos and little words. Hahah. The tumblr is a lot lower maintenance than writing out a full blog post.
Just posted the congo puffer. What a great little oddball, a freshwater puffer. Too bad, it's probably impossible to find. I like red eyed puffers a lot too.
Haha! If you've got money to blow right now, it sounds like a good idea to blow it on your African 'tope. Your 20 gal sounds like a crazy hodge-podge. Loaches would be a great addition! Add to the crazy!! Cories and frogs breeding? Do you actually have any fry yet? Do your frogs make noises? I heard that ADF's will chirp.
I've seen a ton of betta blogs, too. I think your idea for a monster fish blog is a great idea! I'll certainly read it. I forgot how much fun oddballs can be. The same fondness I had for bichir, ropefish, and botiine loaches is returning. I can smell another tank in my future. >,<
I think I've been doing my blog now for about 4 months (goes to check). Yep it's in its 5th month. There were some times when it seemed like more work than it was worth, but I can imagine almost anything is like that. I wish you luck! We can always use more good sources of info about fish online!