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Bichir 12-18-2009 08:21 AM

Looking to get Sengal (Dinosaur) Bichirs in the future -- Questions!
Hello all, I am looking to get Dinosaur or Sengal Bichirs in the future and I am in the research stage.

They will be housed in a 55 gallon long tank. (If I am correct, that is approxamately 4 feet in length.)
The substrate WILL be sand and there will be no current-producing outtake, other than whatever the filter produces.
I would like to purchase one, maybe two and something that is middle as well as top-dwelling.
I was thinking a needle fish or two (not pencilfish!) for the top and maybe a couple Spotted Bushfish for the middle? I'd prefer Discus for the middle, but are they compatable?
I will post diet information when tankmates are decided.

Option 1?:

2 Sengal Bichirs
3 Discus
2 Needlefish
1 Spotted Bushfish

Option 2?:

2 Sengal Bichirs
2 Spotted Bushfish
2 Needlefish

I'd like a somewhat large middle-dwelling fish and an active one at that.

Please post any suggestions as far as tankmates go.

Thanks much,

P.S. This won't be happening for a while as I am 15 years of age and without a job. I have 5 years of experience in the aquarium hobby and this will be my largest tank yet.

EDIT: I will be preforming bi-weekly water changes and rather than cycling, I will be using the product 'Cycle' with regular PWCs.

teddyzaper 12-18-2009 10:48 AM

no needlefish, discus, or bushfish. needlfish get to big, discus arent compadable, and bushfish arent compatable. som silverdollars might work, but idk much about them. i wouldnt mix the birchers, although idk much about that either.

Bichir 12-18-2009 11:44 AM

I've read stories about bushfish being compatable, and Silver Dollars don't have much color. How about Bala Sharks?

kelly528 12-18-2009 05:55 PM

LoL maybe if you bump that tank up to a 200g.

teddyzaper 12-18-2009 07:33 PM

ya lol

jaysee 12-24-2009 08:38 AM

I have a senegal bichir, an african knife, a leopard bushfish and an african butterfly in my 55. The bushfish is by far the king of the tank.

LisaC144 12-24-2009 08:55 AM

Silver dollars don't have much color, but they are so much fun to watch in schools. I have 3 of them in my tank and they are my favorite fish to observe.

Bichir 12-31-2009 05:25 PM

What about the silver dollar makes them interesting?

I'm going to start the Bichir in a 35 gallon long I have, and breed guppies for it in a ten gallon. If I were to purchase a fancy goldfish and let it grow out in a 20 or just buy an older, larger goldfish, would it be compatable with the Bichir since it wouldn't fit in its mouth and is relatively peaceful?

Also; will two 30-60 gallon filters in my 35 gallon keep the water clean with regular weekly water changes? I found them on sale and was looking to buy two for that tank.

jaysee 01-01-2010 01:27 AM

Yeah, two of those filters would be good.

I don't know about a bichir and a goldfish. Perhaps if you got a big gf...

jaysee 01-01-2010 01:32 AM

You should get a leopard bush fish!!!!

If you're breeding guppies for food, you'll LOVE this fish. Such an awesome predator.

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