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Conversation Between Olympia and thekoimaiden
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  1. thekoimaiden
    08-12-2012 12:16 AM - permalink
    Ew. Eat it? Well people do eat the royal knifefish and clown knifefish in their native habitats. But still. It must have been in some not-so-good chemicals at least for a little bit.

    Good point. I forget how delicate elephant nose are. You do have a pretty awesome setup planned, and are lucky to have the tank to do it! I can't wait to see it completed. I'm excited to see it go through!
  2. Olympia
    08-11-2012 11:30 PM - permalink
    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.
  3. thekoimaiden
    08-11-2012 11:05 PM - permalink
    Are bichir mildly electric, too? Why would they be bad with bichir? But it's great they have the syno you want. When will your 90 gal be set up?

    Have you shown him just how big those monsters get? They may be pretty, but they're just too big.
  4. Olympia
    08-11-2012 10:15 PM - permalink
    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-
  5. thekoimaiden
    08-11-2012 10:11 PM - permalink
    Oh boy did I ever fail math. I completely forgot to factor that in. Yikes. Is that basically your entire budget for this tank? I can see why it's breaking your heart.
  6. Olympia
    08-11-2012 09:35 PM - permalink
    Yea.. but $40 each? 5 fish would run me $200 plus tax!
    :'( My dad laughed at me. He thought one would be reasonable, nice centerpiece.. but when I said they like groups he laughed so much.
  7. thekoimaiden
    08-11-2012 09:29 PM - permalink
    Oh my god! You must be in pieces right now! Is there any way they could get you two more fish? I would even be offering them free help around the store if I was in your place.
  8. Olympia
    08-11-2012 07:30 PM - permalink
    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!
  9. thekoimaiden
    08-11-2012 07:00 PM - permalink
    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.
  10. Olympia
    08-11-2012 03:52 PM - permalink
    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.
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