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blueblue48 02-07-2008 08:02 PM

planning bichir
i was wondering if a bichir wouldnt eat cories and a gourami. its fine if so, but ive heard theyll eat anything fitting in there mouth so im just getting some reassurance. thanks

Cody 02-07-2008 11:09 PM

Most likely it would. What birchir do you plan on buying?

If a birchir is fed properly and is always full, then they will not attack other tankmates. But you are right about they eating anything they can fit their mouths on. A 12" birchir will eat a fish of 4-5" or smaller if it gets hungry.

blueblue48 02-09-2008 06:10 PM

alright that sucks, well i was planning on a palmas bichir if i could get my hands on one. anyother large ( prefferably ancient) fish that are a little better tempered?

Cody 02-09-2008 06:19 PM

Hmm. Let me do a little research for you. Do you want a lower-level fish, an upper-level, middle, or all over? I know a few of the top of my head.

You could get an ABF (African Butterfly Fish). Very odd looking. Averages 4" and stays near the top almost all the time.

Lower level could be an eel. The Peacock eel stays around 8-12" long. It can eat fish, but I don't *think* it would eat cories. I have to look that up.

okiemavis 02-09-2008 09:46 PM

Ropefish are *very* cool as well, and definitely unique looking. Unlike a lot of other fish in the same category, they are very peaceful. They'll eat anything that can fit in their mouth, but anything larger is more likely to pick on them than vice versa. They definitely come with their own set of needs- they're known for their "carpet walking" so you'll need a tight fitting lid, and they prefer groups, but they can be kept with other fish as they are actually very sweet.

blueblue48 02-09-2008 10:02 PM

ok its planned, im going to move the goldies out of there 20 and into the 30, move all of my cories and my yoyo loach, and my snail, and a couple odds and ends fish i like into there. and then give (or maybe sell) my glass barb shoal away. because they really nip away at my banana plant and i hate it. anyways ill put a palmas bichir and a ropefish in there, cause i looked them both up and there really cool. also how are those 2 fish with plants? can i keep them with my amazon swords and jungle vals?

Gump 02-10-2008 10:38 AM

What species are you talking about when you say palmas bichir? There are quite a few different species of Polypterus palmas _______. Regardless of species a 20 or 30 gallon would be too small for them.

Now just to try to clarify bichirs are not aggressive but they are ambush predators and most will take advantage of a bite sized meal that wanders to close to there mouth. IMO corys should never be kept with any fish eating predator and I currently have a 3" pearl gourami with a handful of foot long bichirs.

crazy4fish 02-10-2008 11:05 AM

african butterfly fish are aggresive too. they will attack some other fish. as for ropefish they arent aggresive but will sneak out of your tank any chance they get so make sure there are NO spaces where it could get out. even small holes should be covered. you never now what they will fit through. :wink:

okiemavis 02-10-2008 02:00 PM

Also, ropefish really should be kept in groups, I'd get at least 2-3.

blueblue48 02-10-2008 03:07 PM

someone has already said one ropefish would be ok so now were just contradicting here. Also if you would read the post i meant a bichir in a 55. anyways forget about it im just going to research more and make a decision.

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