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spawnie9600 02-24-2008 12:04 AM

good $ on a mottled/weskii bichir
where can i find a good price on a mottled/weskii bichir and will it go in a 125g with assorted chichlids?

Lupin 02-24-2008 12:18 AM

What is the scientific name of this species of bichir? I've never heard that name before. What species are these cichlids?

herefishy 02-24-2008 12:35 AM

The mottled bichir, Polypterus weeksii, is an West African species whose habitat is much different than that of East African Rift Lake cichlids. The water conditions are totally different, as is the biotope. I think I would hedge away from mixing the two.

Lupin 02-24-2008 01:08 AM

The word "weskii"..I should have scrambled it.:lol: Yes, I know that species, Bob.;)

spawnie9600 02-24-2008 09:56 AM

would 2 senegal bichirs be a better choice? the chichlids are 1 black convict 1 blood parrot and 1 green texas

Gump 02-24-2008 10:29 AM

I wouldn't mix bichirs with most cichlids in the first place. Bichirs are mellow and wouldn't do well with a territorial fish like a convict or texas.

weeksii are awesome bichirs with beautiful patterns and IMO if you can get a hold of some I would remove the cichlids and build it around the bichirs. I do know of a few good sources of bichirs if your decided to go that route.

spawnie9600 02-24-2008 02:19 PM

honestly i would prefer the bichirs. my mom just got the chichlids while i was away at boarding school and my piranhas died. where can i find weeksii, should a local pet store have them?

bf2king 02-24-2008 02:44 PM

(For my area) I can only find Senegal Bichir's (and i find plenty of them) odds are ull have to search online or contact someone about any other bichir then a senegal

herefishy 02-24-2008 02:57 PM

I feel dumb, too, Lupester. I thought the OP was talking African cichlids. lol

bf2king 02-24-2008 02:58 PM

lol fishy not everyone perfect just me :D

jk :lol:

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