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ryu3180 03-12-2007 11:42 PM

Dragon Gobies
ok... now I have a Dragon Gobi (he's pretty large, 6 1/2 to 7 inches) aside from the Dino Bichir (about3 and a half inches), Clown Knife (about the same, little shorter), the same Silver Dollars (still about the size of a silver dollar each), and again that other site is advising brackish water for all but the silver dollars - oh and three HUGE goldfish I'll be giving up soon)... the 55Gal tank I have will soon hopefully house the dino, clown, a couple of either ciclids or oscars (going with small on them)... what about the dragon? will he be ok in there with them if I provide plenty of hiding places?
(also, here's that site that keeps telling me to make brackish water:

Lupin 03-13-2007 04:52 AM

I splitted your post so as not to hijack the other thread.:) Your plan is pushing the 55 gallons beyond its limit. I would prefer to ditch the idea of mixing dragon gobies with clown knives, bichirs and oscars. None of them are tolerant to brackish conditions long-term. Note that the oscars grow far too large along with the clown knives regardless of your plan to keep them when in small size.

Either you keep only dragon gobies or do not keep them at all.

ryu3180 03-13-2007 04:05 PM

so, I've checked numerous sites for my specific bichir, Polypterus senegalus, and they for the most part have all said that in captivity that they rarely get to 12" long and that a 55 long gallon would be fine. as far as the clown knife, yes i am aware it will get stupendously large, but i also know in my area they are quite popular so it shouldn't be a problem getting rid of him/her if it gets too big (i also hear you can eat them and they are quite tasty...).

my big goal fish-wise is to keep the bichir for sure, another african butterfly, keep my poli for cleaning, and if not my two silver dollars a couple of pacu (that are supposed to get along alright with the bichir)... i found quite the extensive forum specifically for bichir here:

I am quite serious about having fish, it's what I love, but unfortunately a bigger tank than my 55 will not be happening, further advice?

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