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Agent13 07-02-2013 12:32 AM

Bichir baybay!
 
I was in my fish store today checking the new cichlid stock and then they laid it on me. Knew I had a ton of tanks with more in my future. They had this beauty and oh how cute I coudn't resist. I have now made my upgrade from the 75 to need to be more then 125.. haha.. here I go. ( I have time as you'll see this is a little baby). An ornate bichir -Polypterus ornatipinnis- I need to get better pics. but this is while I was getting it ready to go into the 75. Guess I can kiss all my shrimp goodbye but thats fine and maybe one day the dwarf crays but hey...this new addition in cool. It is black with bright yellow patterns. very vivid colors.
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...babybichir.jpg
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...tos/bichir.jpg
More pics to come.
Any care advice i welcome. Did my research but always willing to listen.

jaysee 07-02-2013 12:38 AM

Wow it's little!

Honestly, I'm a bit concerned about it with your cichlids. I think it could easily be bullied and harassed.


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Agent13 07-02-2013 12:43 AM

Nooo. You forget how many tanks I have ;-) . This is in the 75 with the balas and angels and a few others. the cichlids would be a dangerous tank for this baby. Only non cichlid in my cichlid tank is a rather nice sized African feather finned cat. This little guy is currently suspiciusly burrowed under the shrimps fav plant in my dinning room 75.


Anyone have a good guess at age for this little one given the size and known to have very good care prior to mee as well as it's parents..??

jaysee 07-02-2013 01:38 AM

I gave up my 7 inch featherfin in exchange for a krib (still in quarantine). The featherfin harassed my palmas bichir relentlessly, biting it repeatedly. It had gotten progressively nastier and nastier.

Perhaps you could list your tanks in your signature like many people do so that we can keep them straight ;-)


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Agent13 07-02-2013 01:52 AM

takes the fun out of it though;-) . Then the creepy weirdos like "mannish" (sp) would have something to target a question with lol. Sorry..weirded out by a new member. I wil eventually tough. My featherfin is good. e is in with my Mbunas in my room in the 72. dinning room have the 75 bala DG angel mix with the new bichir. Along with tons of shrimp that will soon be bichir food and 4 dwarf orange crays that may or may not survive the bichir as it grows. Then of course a few other tanks.. so thats my mini rundown.. k? lol
The 75 which will be a 125 -200 within a yr at most

jaysee 07-02-2013 02:08 AM

Yeah the dwarf crays will be eaten before the shrimp I bet. It's a shame - they're pretty expensive around these parts. I believe I paid like 20 each for them, off aquabid.

Yeah, you gotta get into a 6 foot tank :-). Even my 90 looks small next to the 125.

So if my memory serves me right, you don't have a background on your one (or more) tanks. Backgrounds really make a huge difference with the look of a tank.

What's your opinion about black and white sand mixed together? I'm not sure what I want to do for that. Maybe just a little black mixed in. Maybe equal parts. And everything inbetween. What are your thoughts?


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Agent13 07-02-2013 02:19 AM

finally down to 9 tanks..well that have fish. Any tank my kids aren't invloved in I have done 75%white sand 25% black sand(one gravel but still same ratio) I did less black in the blue cray tank but all in all really hapy with the 75white 25black! Its a great look that I will keep using on future tanks. Well two tanks have backgrounds. One my sister painted on a sign behind the 75 with blue behind that but I do plan to work on bakgrounds.

And..dang that sucks. Those Dwarf crays are $9.99 here but cheaper for me because I keep buyin sh@! tons of stuff from them since they will take back anything at anytime no matter why. The blue crays were only maybe about $11-14 for me.

Agent13 07-02-2013 10:02 AM

Well, Looks a leeettle suspicious at feeding time this morning. The shrimps never come out except during water changes.. however the little thumbnail(just a little bigger) sized orange dwarf crays always come out and eat with the big fish and rather aggressively so at that. There are(or were:hmm:) 4 of them. One brave soul came out for feeding and I could see another hiding in the bright orange"shrimp tree" but the other two??? Well I'll just hope they are really good at hiding. The bichir came out for food but took it back near the "shrimp tree" lol

djembekah 07-02-2013 08:31 PM

awwww are you gonna name your new baybay?

Agent13 07-02-2013 09:20 PM

Gotta think on it.. This one needs a name fo shizzle. Only others in the tank named are the balas. Sushi, Sashimi and Lucy(ummm ..my daughter chose the last one lol).
BTW I was being paranoid, dwarf crays are all still alive...well today ;-)


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