Bay snook

Charlied81

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I have a red bay snook I got a few months ago. I really like this fish! I'd like to get probably 2 more whether it's a red bay or green bay and do a Central American tank setup. I can't find any for sale aanywhere. I've tried online stores, lfs, ebay, craigslist.. Any leads??
 

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Cichlids of Americas and TUIC has the green form now. Not sure where you were looking.
Interesting thing about the red form-they get their color from red lillies. They like to ambush prey in them. This form is only found in Belize. They are all green elsewhere.
 

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From what I heard the guy who did the most volume that got out to LFS dropped them. This is probably going to be a hard fish to find for a while. It would be a good home/aquabid project. Demand for the fish was never outstanding, but it definitely has its fans. Not sure your tank size but be prepared for a big fish. I think it is well worth a large setup.
 

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Agree w/ the above. Also not aggressive and don’t have a jaw structure that can w/ stand jaw locking. Think stocking them in a community tank is hard too. Can’t keep them w/ most large CAs and can’t keep w/ small ones because they’ll be eaten. Convicts while aggressive would become food for a large snook. That may be part of the reason they aren’t more popular. Good tankmates would probably be pearsei, bocourti, and melanura.
 
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not aggressive and don’t have a jaw structure that can w/ stand jaw locking. Think stocking them in a community tank is hard too. Can’t keep them w/ most large CAs and can’t keep w/ small ones because they’ll be eaten..
Agree, I kept the red morph in the late 80s, and when kept with other (even somewhat aggressive) cichlids, would frequently get their jaws dislocated.
I would need to snap the jaw back in place, gently between thumb and fore finger. So ended up giving my trio, a 6 ft tank of their own.
The males can reach 16"-18", so take that into account, they can also get spooked fairly easily, and injure themselves on tank sides.
In nature adults are usually found in deeper waters. sometimes a bit brackish, hard, pH high 7s to above 8.
 

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I have him in a 180g. Today i picked up 2 synspilum. A black belt and a red head. Hopefully it goes well. I content with the 3 in the tank.
 
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