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michael
12-05-2005, 5:26 PM
Could a full grown one be ok in a 300g?

CentralMayhem
12-05-2005, 5:59 PM
not a truly full grown one no. i saw some specimens at the steinhart aquarium in san francisco that were absolutely huge. they were probably close to 30" if not over. they were the most magnificent looking cichlids i have ever seen in person. i have seen big dovii and big umbee's but as far as sheer size goes these guys take the cake. i have never seen an emperor cichlid this large in captivity although i do know they reach this size as well. possibly even larger.

Caveman
12-05-2005, 6:02 PM
Anybody out there raised a full grown one in there home aquarium? Biggest one I have ever seen was at The Trusts house and it was like 18-20" so still just a youngin.

180gallons
12-08-2005, 9:13 AM
I had a peacock bass (12") in a tank with 2 clown knives (20" & 24") and a red pike (8") and they seem to get along pretty good oh, can't forget my spotted raphael cat (4"). When I moved the bass was the only fish that didn't make it. I don't know how big he would have grew but I can say that he had a huge appetite.

CentralMayhem
12-08-2005, 11:57 AM
THEY GET HUGE!!!!!!!!! you couldnt fit a truly full grown one in anything save the largest home aquarium. i am not joking when i say i have seen specimens close to the 3 foot mark. these guys are truely huge growing fish. unless you have one monster of a tank NO you wont be able to grow one to full size!!!!!

Loubard
12-09-2005, 9:29 AM
Yeah, real big! Check out this pic:

http://www.sfffc.org/images/Brazilian%20Peacock%20Bass3.jpg

CentralMayhem
12-09-2005, 11:41 AM
ya, thats a big one and still not as big as i have seen them at steinhart aquarium san francisco. they are great fish and can be kept in captivity, i just dont think you can have a FULL GROWN one!!!! in a 300 :thumbsup:

The TRUST
12-09-2005, 12:09 PM
yeah check this one out

CentralMayhem
12-09-2005, 12:24 PM
YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now thats more like the ones i saw TRUST....you rock bro.....let these people know....THESE ARE REAL MONSTERS!!! would youput that thing at that size in a 300...........DONT THINK SO!!! MFK for life :cheers:

arapaimag
12-09-2005, 1:36 PM
Could a full grown one be ok in a 300g?


I don't think you will have a problem. The fish will probably never max out. There are 5 recognized species. Only 1 (Cichla temensis) is a real tank buster and actually gets bigger than 30 inches in the wild.



Most the people I know have never had them in a tank even as big as 300 gallons.

Do Lots of water changes and don't crowd the tank and you should be fine.

The TRUST
12-09-2005, 1:38 PM
They grow to enormous proportions in the wild, but most of the ones in home aquariums usually reach about 18-24". I have seen some bigger but hard to find them bigger in a home aquarium.

CentralMayhem
12-09-2005, 1:50 PM
dont you think thats because NOONE really keeps them in truly monster tanks where they could reach these sizes. in theory you should be able to grow one just as large if not larger than a wild one if housed in a system where it is allowed to fully develop?? all 4 or 5 of the ones they had at Steinhart Aquarium were huge!!!! i heard they even had some monsterous dovii that they had gotten rid of before i went there that were over 24" and theyd only been on exhibit for about 2/3rds of their natural lifespan. so not even fully grown. i know we can not have these size tanks in our houses, i was just saying that FULL GROWN you wouldnt fit one in a 300....people have dovii and umbees that live in 600 gallon tanks that get monsterous, so a peacock should be able to as well. i also saw some midas and devils and blackbelts at the aquarium with the largest ones being 16"+...no lie either. so yes you can keep them in home aquariums, but a FULLY GROWN monster one would fill a 300 up..... :thumbsup:

PeacockBass
12-10-2005, 3:52 AM
I don't think you will have a problem. The fish will probably never max out. There are 5 recognized species. Only 1 (Cichla temensis) is a real tank buster and actually gets bigger than 30 inches in the wild.



Most the people I know have never had them in a tank even as big as 300 gallons.

Do Lots of water changes and don't crowd the tank and you should be fine.


Incorrect. Cichla Orinocensis can also get over 30 inches.

CentralMayhem
12-10-2005, 1:53 PM
no doubt!!!! and 30" is TRULY HUGE in case you guys have never really seen an actual 30" fish. that is what they call a MONSTER fish. not too many of us on this forum have tanks large enough to PROPERLY house one of these guys

Richie
12-13-2005, 11:15 AM
Monoculus so not get over 30" and I have never seen one in the wild even 2ft, aound 18" to the 20" mark. This wasn't an overfished area as I caught temensis to 30" and above. This was in amazonia not florida btw!

CentralMayhem
12-13-2005, 12:10 PM
ok, well so you can keep a monoculus, but i was just stating the fact that PB's get HUGE!!! 18 to 20" is still a HUGE fish!!!!!! and what does being in amazonia and not florida have to do with it. they can get huge in either area. i think the monoculus is the best one in my opinion anyways, but i was just trying to tell the guy who started this thread that they get HUGE!!!!!!! do you disagree with me or something. im not trying to say you CANT keep them becauise they get too big, i was trying to tell him a FULL GROWN peacock bass is still too BIG for a 300!! key words " FULL GROWN"

mauls
12-14-2005, 1:45 AM
I know this isn't in captivity, but this is the biggest one i've seen. Its gotta be close to 4ft, just compare it to the body size of the guy holding it.
http://www.worldwidefishing.com/wwfg_tv/thumbs/Lake_Guri_Venezuela_record_peacock.JPG

toxicfish
12-14-2005, 1:53 AM
I know this isn't in captivity, but this is the biggest one i've seen. Its gotta be close to 4ft, just compare it to the body size of the guy holding it.
http://www.worldwidefishing.com/wwfg_tv/thumbs/Lake_Guri_Venezuela_record_peacock.JPG that is one big mutha fuggin bass:D thanx for the pic

freeform
12-14-2005, 4:05 AM
yeah check this one out

whooaaa.... thatz a monster !!!

MILEHIDOVII
12-14-2005, 11:52 AM
That fish is freakin huge!!! padding my post count with meaningless jibberish

paintboi101
12-14-2005, 11:48 PM
thats some big ass P Bass, i want P bass. lol

dapike1979
12-15-2005, 5:14 PM
yeah check this one out

HOLLY BLEEP!! I dint think they got that big!!! :headbang2 :thumbsup:

monsterfishkeeper
12-15-2005, 5:16 PM
they get pretty damn big

turtall
12-15-2005, 6:08 PM
A 300 gallon would be like 6' x 3' x 30". A fish this size would take up most of it. As a fisherman myself I can tell you a good way to lie (I mean, other fishermen lie, not me) is to hold the fish away from you, closer to thhe camera when the pic is taken. This guy does'nt appear to be able to do that.

roliva
12-22-2005, 9:47 PM
I don't think he's strong enough to hold it out!!

redtailfool
12-23-2005, 8:11 PM
Keep it civil guys. We can all play nice while discussing the majestic peacock bass.

RobD23
12-24-2005, 2:44 AM
Are peacock bass legal in Ontario Canada?

michael
12-26-2005, 11:27 AM
Going today to get my p-bass and a black aro! Will post pics later and I have decided on an indoor pond in the near future or 1000+g tank to house my monsters but I should be ok with the 300g for a year or two!?

Nate_N_Nicole
12-26-2005, 2:23 PM
What do you guys think about a pair of cichla mono's in a 300 gal.

jcashion
12-29-2005, 9:50 PM
I want one! But I'm afraid my oscar would be lunch eventually. Think so?

thefishofdoom
12-31-2005, 2:53 AM
would a 10 by 4 by 2 tank be good for one or should i go for a 10 by 4 by 3 for the bolth these are in the 500 to 600 gallon mark