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Old 10-08-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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BGK needs friends

I have a new 55 gallon tank with just my Black Ghost knife right now.
looking for some stocking adive to keep him company.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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You'll need a 100 gallon tank eventually. I'd say angelfish or spiny eels.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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A type of gourami would work well. That fish will need a 125-150 tank .
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:01 PM   #4
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i have heard that they will get large. i wonder how long it would take for this guy to get to that 18" size. i got him from liveaquaria and that said 50 minimum. if this was a perfect world i would have three 150 gallon tanks.
i do understand that they are in the business of selling fish too, maybe thats why the say 50g minimum.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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Either way even if they don't grow to 18" they will still need a big tank
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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I have a bgk that I've had for nearly a year now and he's about 5-6". He hasn't grown much, so it leads me to believe that they may grow slowly, or it's always possible that he is just a runt or has had his growth stunted at some point along the journey. I've always kept him in a 120 except when I stripped the tank down and kept him in a 40b for a few days.

At his current size and until he starts noticeably growing, I wouldn't hesitate to keep him in a 40b. As long as you keep in mind that the potential size of these fish is huge and you can upgrade accordingly you should be fine. As far as tankmates go, pick fast peaceful fish if possible. My bgk is very timid but I've heard stories of them eating the eyes out of other fish.
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My BGK is an eye eater and as such I wouldn't recommend any small middle-bottom dwelling fish like cories or tetras. Surprisingly mine has never harassed my clown or Bristlenose Pleco so they'd be good tank mates in my experience.

Top dwellers like guppies are also safe in my experience.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:07 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for all the advice, im sure i can keep my bgk happy and healthy.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:27 PM   #9
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I have one and I agree with jeta they do grow slowly and mine is in a 220. For food feed blood worms and eventually most will accept pellets. For tank mates in a 55 I would do
1 Bristlenose Pleco
3 Angel Fish
1 Blood Parrot could work if you like them
1 Rainbow or Red Tail Shark
Any type of Gourami
4 Silver Dollars
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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I would do this out of all the fish I mentioned.
1 BGK
1 BN Pleco
3 Angels 1 m 2 fm
4 Silver Dollars
1 Blood Parrot
1 Red Tail Shark
Eventually an upgrade will be required but with good filtration and enough weekly pwc's it should work out fine.
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