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    Tankmates for Bichir

    Discussion in 'Polypterus' started by Cichlidsforlife, Feb 11, 2018.

    1. thefredpit

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      I've only seen my ropefish doing death roles which begs the question why no one(me included) has suggested several ropefish they are very active and play in the bubbles and each other
       
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      Pearsei are a whole different cichlid. Peaceful herbivores for the most part. Mine will push a poly out of the way... to get at food, lol.

      When I had my cichlid community with the Pearsei, het, red bay snook and regani they never messed with bichirs. This was with upper jaws like my weeksii, delhezi, palmas palmas, butti. Of course bigger tank made that easier.
       
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      Yeah, thank so much
       
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      But lastly could you guys send pics of Senegal’s or delhezi or upper jaw bichirs? Unless there is a thread for that already
       
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      Bichirs are not active fish. A few upper jaws maybe considered active but all in all the allure of polys is not their activity if so then i'd bet eventually you will be bored with them.

      You also have to like the fish. For me getting a particular poly just because its active doesnt work. I have to like the appearence. The same goes with pleco keepers. They dont look at how active they are because they arent active at all.
      Also even if a poky is active that doesnt mean interactive or an outgoing personality. They arent going to follow u around like an oscar.


      Never kept midas but from what i understand they are pretty aggressive.

      @dmcskoolkid@dmcskoolkid and i was just talking about this. For a time it would be cool but in the long run pretty boring.

      Pearsei are great but 90 gal is too small.

      I like the acara and be done. Lol they are cool and there are also quite a few cool looking species other than the generic blue acara.
       
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      I haven't seen anything about the equipment that is planning to be purchased across multiple posts in different fish threads. Are you sure you are able to handle the water changes, cycling, and testing with this large tank?
       
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      I'm fairly certain a Midas needs a larger tank. The Acaras are a way better species for your tank, will still be interactive, attractive, and comfortable for life in that tank. As @jaws7777@jaws7777 says... larger cichlids fart out nitrates LOL... Seeing a large fish in a small tank is kind of depressing IMO.

      I'm right on board with Jaws also in regards to choosing fish - ultimately do YOU find bichirs interesting? Do they appeal to you? You might end up with an individual that isn't very active... will you still think it's cool to watch and stare at? I know the answer for me (hells yeah) but not for you.

      I worry you'll get bored as you mention because in your posts you keep jumping around as far as your interests go. I look forward to seeing you settle down in your decision and get excited about planning the setup to make it successful. Getting a tank started can be tricky until it finds a certain equilibrium.

      I also like the 3 upper jaws with the acara plan.

      Ropes are awesome but I think they're best for a planted tank (or at least heavily fake-planted. ;) )

      If you don't have a strong preference in looks for the polys, then go for activity: Senegal, Delhezi, Polli. Buettekoferi are known to be hiders, so get one only if you think it's really cool looking IMO.
       
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      Also an excellent point. What filter are you planning? What is realistic for you in regards to water changes in frequency and amount?

      I do appreciate all of your questions! Getting an aquarium set up is really rewarding but also challenging especially at first.
       
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      @dmcskoolkid@dmcskoolkid and i was just talking about this. For a time it would be cool but in the long run pretty boring.


      This is the sad truth I’ve tried it and I don’t think I can do it.
       
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      Great point. All.of the suggestions made are pointless with out know this
       

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