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ChristianFlores2007 08-15-2007 12:15 AM

cichla temensis ( peacock bass ) info's needed
Well im thinking of putting 3 peacock basses ( Tems ) in a 240 gallon but i just needed some info bout them.Size,species,aggressiveness,tank size,compatibility ETC..

fish_4_all 08-15-2007 12:35 AM

Well getting to a length of 100 cm or 40 inches and up to 20 lbs. I would say they are going to need a HUGE tank to keep to adult. If this is a transition tank then maybe 3 of them will do ok for a year if really young but they will quickly out grow the tank and need something closer 600-700 gallons as everything I have found says they should have 600-700 Liters per fish or about 200 gallons. Large waste producers and voracious eaters of a mainly carnivorous diet. Docile toward each other and most of fish unless they are small enough that the bass think it can eat it then it is fair game.

herefishy 08-15-2007 12:45 AM

Peacock bass are not recommended for the casual aquarist. These fish get HUGE. They are best recommended for special display facislities where their large size can be accomodated.

Lupin 08-15-2007 01:04 AM

Why not try other monsters instead, Christian? Datnoids, bichirs, aros, etc.

bf2king 08-15-2007 09:34 PM

If you want something big and mean why not try a clown knife you can stick one of them in that size aquarium comfortably and with size and age they get less and less scared (my experience at least) and IMHO they are gorgous fish. You can keep other large fish with them but still feed them feeders (big tinfoils, big silver dollars, big catfish, and big bala shark (not the average size of max oversized) as i have seen them housed with these and have kept them myself with some of these fish.

Gump 08-16-2007 04:23 PM

Tems are nice fish and you should be able to get at least a year and a half out of them in a 240. They are imo easer to get on prepared foods than monos and look a lot better.

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