Pike cichlid for a 75g?

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ok I have seen vids of what pikes can do to other fish I just really love their looks are their any other center peice cichlids that have some what of the same personality I mean I love my polys and cats but when It comes to personality their is nothing like a cichlid
Green terrors are close to being like an oscar (personality and aggression) but generally stay much smaller. You'd get overstocked bioload-wise adding it with the other fish in the 75 g once it gets to about 9". It would require more than 1 fin level water change a week.
 

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ok I have seen vids of what pikes can do to other fish I just really love their looks are their any other center peice cichlids that have some what of the same personality I mean I love my polys and cats but when It comes to personality their is nothing like a cichlid
Get a pike, and lose the bichirs. You will not be disappointed.
 

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I consider a 75 too small for any but dwarf pikes, and any pike, or any cichlid that grows more than 7.5", I consider too large for a 75.
When the bichirs and archers are adults, your tank would already be maxed stock wise.
Another problem (as mentioned above) is territoriality, and any elongate similar shaped and mouth shape cichlid such a a pike will see similar shaped fish as competitors, and tend to clash, especially in such a small tank.
The belly crawlers I had were fine with high bodied (non-similar looking non-similar mouth shaped fish), but I always kept in tanks at minimum double that size.

 
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ok maybe I will just get a group of african brown knifes alot less hit and miss than pikes in my 125g I have two oscars a common plec and will be moving my jd soon I know this is borderline over stocked but could I squeeze a pike in there?
 

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duanes duanes even with the listed stocking?
 

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duanes duanes even with the listed stocking?
If you mean 2 oscars, and a pleco, adding a pike might work, because they are all different. so may not see each other as competitors.
Of course when all hit full adult sizes, (depending on pike species) a 125 could seem small and overcrowded.
But putting similar looking fish together like pikes and bichirs tends to be problematic.
I can't speak to knife fish, never owned any.
 

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As duanes duanes said, some kind of saxitillis might work, but they aren't too fond of other pikes or similar shaped fish, so it could raise hell with your bichirs. I had one destroy a Lima shovelnose (sorubium lima) that was the same size. Crenicichla are agile, fast, and intelligent.
I know I’m late to the party but I’ll second this. I have a large male belly crawler and he leaves my shovelnose alone but absolutely hates my Delhezi. I scraped it in a way to break the line of sight and that saved the Delhezi
 
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