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Old 04-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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9 dollar bichir. self control fading

ok,at my lfs i found a dinosaur bichir for 9 dollars. i read like a dozen articles all of which said a 55 minimum. think i can get one? i have some black skirt tetras(there jerks. they try to kill things with long fins. they can be eaten.) 4 jewels(they should be okay,there getting pretty big) a rafael catfish(he just hides,wont be a problem) and my shark(again,getting big. should be safe).
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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the info i've found is frustrating in regards to there max size. i've found from 7 inches to 20 inches. anyone with actual experience mind helping me out?


edit: my day just got made: Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus) by Fruitbat

man,50 gallons seems small for a fish that can reach 20 inches(well,almost)
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:26 AM   #3
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I hear at least 75 gallons because they can get to the size like a Ghost Knife Fish. 55 would probably be a bit too small when he reaches full size. A tank at least 100 gallons would probably be best, in all honestly.

I feel your pain! I've always wanted one of these.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:06 AM   #4
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I don't personally have any birchir, but a friend of mine does have one in a 120g with a jag cichlid and they are both pretty aggressive and keep to themselves. I don't think a 55g will work overall, but might not be bad for a juvenile.
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i decided to put this one on hold for a while. i was worried that it would eat my shark or female jewels
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:42 AM   #6
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They have a tendency to hunt a night when the other fish are settled on the bottom and in somewhat of a stupor. They also don't see well and hunt on smell. They are very likely to eat or at least attack smaller sleeping fish. Also, they have a bad tendency to climb or jump out of tanks. Otherwise, they are really neat fish. I've had an ornate and a couple of ropefish. In my experience, ropefish, although longer, aren't as aggressive in their feeding.
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Senegal bichirs are great fish. I have one. It will be a year old in Aug.( from when I got him). He is roughly 7-8" and WILL eat any small fish that fits in its mouth. He is housed for life in a 55 with cons. He cleans up the fry that make it to bite size.

They are seriously tough fish, he had been housed with both a RD as well as a aggressive Trimac. And they are as hardy as any fish I have ever owned.

I think the 55 is fine for it. Unless it hits like the 12"+ mark.

Also from my exseperiece they are peaceful fish as long as its tank mates can't fit I. It's mouth.
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