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post #11 of 38 Old 02-25-2015, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
They are supposed to get to 24". And there are two in there, however the other one was being shy today. He is the smaller one though. The other one is about an inch longer, which is odd, as I got it second. My theory is that the first one I got, Leviathan, is a male. His anal fins fit the description of what a male's should be, and the males tend to be slightly smaller than the females, and grow slower. The other one, Luna, which I got 2 weeks later, and was about 1/2 an inch shorter than Levi when I put her in there, has surpassed Levi, and her anal fins match what a female's should be.

It would be absolutely fantastic if they were a male and a female. They get along well, and are usually rubbing bodies against each other. If they happen to decide to breed...

Lets just say my aquatics budget will grow enormously.
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post #12 of 38 Old 02-25-2015, 04:39 PM
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Is your 150g tank big enough for two of those guys? I would assume they need a pretty big tank.

I might have to find a smaller species as I can't get a bigger tank yet.


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post #13 of 38 Old 02-25-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
If I just wanted to keep them in the tank, and not the other interesting fish I have in there, I could keep them in the 150gal. From what I have researched, when they get that big, even in a larger tank, they become lazy and don't move all that much, and when they do move, they are just swimming vacuums that swallow anything unlucky enough to get in it's way.

There is a way to combat this laziness. And that is to keep their primary diet of live fish that they must hunt for themselves. I plan to do this and try to keep them active throughout their lives. My ultimate goal is a 400+ gallon for them. Probably 72x36x36, though I may go for one a little deeper front to back, but I definitely want to keep 6 feet long. So maybe 72x48x36, that would be a bit over 500 gal, basically a small pond in my living room. Haha.

But that is a ways off. For now, yes the 150gal will be fine. If you wanted a similarly cool fish, the Senegal Bichir or the Delhezi Bichir stick to about a foot long when mature.
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post #14 of 38 Old 02-26-2015, 08:10 AM
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I saw the Senegal Bichir while looking around and those might work nice. I have a 125 but kinda have my heart set on a pair of oscars for that tank so I would need another tank for the Bichir. And I don't have a lot of room for the big ones I can do 75g no problem but larger gets kinda hard.

The Senegal might work nice it looks like those get about 12" (in the wild they get bigger) so I could do a 75g pretty easy for one and still have room for something else.


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post #15 of 38 Old 02-26-2015, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
Why Oscars, if you don't mind me asking? I personally don't find them attractive, and I have also found that you can't get away with breaking the rules for compatible tankmates with them. Oscars are not compatible with anything other than water. But if that is what you want, I don't wish to dissuade you, I was just wondering why you wanted them.

I think if I was going to try a species only fish tank, I would try puffers. They are interesting, and it is something I haven't done before. (I kind of lump Oscars in with the rest of the Cichlids) In fact, I may be doing some re-arranging between my tanks, and free up my 40gal and put a pair of figure 8 pufferfish in there. Either that or several pea puffers. If I do that, I will need to pick up a 10 gal to use as a snail grow out tank.
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I'm leaning toward the oscars because the the size and personality. I have started to rethink my options because I like the bigger fish or just other types of fish.


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I'm also not a big fan of Oscars, but I will say they aren't species only type of fish. There's plenty of other cichlids that are big and bad enough to be with them. Also some cichlids that are TOO big and bad for them. Also quite a few exotics that can be mixed. I've seen a ton of Oscar/Arowana combo tanks.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bowdQQ3mIGs

There's some Oscars in there with that jag and jack. Also looks like a little texas cichlid cruising around or something.

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Was feeding the cichlids and mine decided to make a little appearance. He's in with a dovii, buttikoferi, festae, tire track eel, and 2 Venezuelan pike cichlids now. Bout 9" currently. And you'll notice the bigger they get, the less saturated the black will be.




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post #20 of 38 Old 03-02-2015, 08:37 AM
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Very cool.



I keep going back and forth on the Oscar. I sort of talk my self out of one then I read about one or see one and I have to start over.

I want to pick up a pair of Senegal Bichir soon, I have to wait till my QT is empty so I have a place to put them. The Bichir look so cool just need to make room for bigger tanks.


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