pike cichlid advice
i have a 55 gallon american cichlid grow out tank. currently i have a 3.5in green terror, a 3.5in texas, and two 2.5in jack dempsies. i also have 1 senegal bichir. i was wondering if i could put a pike in the mix. my main concern would be getting him food. i've seen these before but they are not as active as the fish i currently have. would getting them food be a problem. to give you an example, the only way to get my slow moving bichir food is to hand feed it beefheart.
by the way for water quality i have a penn-plax cascade 1000(rated for 100gallons). i also do at least a 25% waterchange per day. i don't think water quality will be an issue as long as the fish are less than 6 or 7in.
if a pike would be ok, what kind of pike would you suggest and what size?
Don't hold me to this but,, I believe most of the pike would prefer perhaps softer water than the cichlids you have prefer.Were it me,, (and it ain't) I would try googling info on pike in aquariums.
Pike are also highly predatory (moreso than your other cichlids) and can be very aggressive. You could try it, but you'd want to make sure it's a species of pike that's similar in size to your other fish. Also, all cichlids have pretty complex personalities, so there's no guarantees that it would work out at all. Be prepared to return it if you need to.
For long-term care, many people do keep pikes with other large, rough cichlids but most people have more success keeping them in species-only tanks, so you may end up needing several tanks for all of those fish in the long run.
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