Atabapo pike minimun tank size?

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My LFS got some pike cichlids labeled "Venezuela fire pike". I'm assuming these are atabapo pikes but I haven't been able to go in and take a look at them. If that's the case, would I would able to keep one in a 75 gallon, at least for a couple years? I haven't kept any of the lafger pike species before so not sure what to expect.
 

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Those are atabapo. Believe they need a 6ft (180g) tank minimum even for one, for life. See what mrrobxc mrrobxc and Rocksor Rocksor say.
 
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These are larger pikes and I agree with kno4te kno4te , a 180 or larger is ideal. A 125-150 can work but the 18” depth could prove to be a challenge keepi nag it comfortable since it can hit full size in two years or less....growing to a foot in its first year if you get it small.
 
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Those are atabapo. Believe they need a 6ft (180g) tank minimum even for one, for life. See what mrrobxc mrrobxc and Rocksor Rocksor say.
These are larger pikes and I agree with kno4te kno4te , a 180 or larger is ideal. A 125-150 can work but the 18” depth could prove to be a challenge keepi nag it comfortable since it can hit full size in two years or less....growing to a foot in its first year if you get it small.
Thanks guys, really appreciate the quick responses. Guess thats a no go.

They also got "black line" pikes... any idea what those could be? I'm guessing itd be near imlossibke to know without pics.
 
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More than likely Venezuela. One of the largest species. I’d recommend you get saxatilis complex pikes. You can find Saxatilis right now which is what I have in one of my setups. Would be perfect for your tank and you’ll be able to keep a pair. Sveni and anthurus are also available pretty consistently. Try Wetspot or Aqua Imports.

Tangled Up in Cichlids has Lepidota. Those are harder to come by these days and I would strongly recommend them. Not a lot f folks keeping them. If you get them, post a profess thread so we can all live vicariously through you.
 

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More than likely Venezuela. One of the largest species. I’d recommend you get saxatilis complex pikes. You can find Saxatilis right now which is what I have in one of my setups. Would be perfect for your tank and you’ll be able to keep a pair. Sveni and anthurus are also available pretty consistently. Try Wetspot or Aqua Imports.

Tangled Up in Cichlids has Lepidota. Those are harder to come by these days and I would strongly recommend them. Not a lot f folks keeping them. If you get them, post a profess thread so we can all live vicariously through you.
I did see saxatilis online and those gold speckles all over the body make them so tempting. Really pretty fish. I was hoping one of the species at my lfs would be suitable for my setup, as I don't want to pay to ship fish, but if I have to order online I'll probably end up with saxatilis or lepidota. Thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure to post some pics if I get my hands on them.

Also, how are they with plecos? I have a couple very small plecos (<2") in my tank and would rather not lose them if the pikes try to eat them. I used to have a belly crawler who didn't bother them but she was also pretty small which helped.
 
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I did see saxatilis online and those gold speckles all over the body make them so tempting. Really pretty fish. I was hoping one of the species at my lfs would be suitable for my setup, as I don't want to pay to ship fish, but if I have to order online I'll probably end up with saxatilis or lepidota. Thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure to post some pics if I get my hands on them.

Also, how are they with plecos? I have a couple very small plecos (<2") in my tank and would rather not lose them if the pikes try to eat them. I used to have a belly crawler who didn't bother them but she was also pretty small which helped.
Should leave plecos alone.
 
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