Back when I kept Erpetoichthys
, the beefheart (the frozen stuff) didn't last long enough in the aquarium to make any sort of a mess. They were in a tank with other Polypterids and the fish made VERY short work of any beefheart I put in the aquarium. What they missed, the Synodontis
cats that shared the tank with them took care of.
I think that your Reed Fish, once they've gotten acclimated, will have less trouble finding the food, though the cichlids will always be more aggressive feeders.
Hmmm....you only have four aquariums....looks to me like you're in need of another one to toss the cichlids into. Then you could stock your 58 gallon with a couple of smaller Polypterus
species and maybe an African Knife Fish (Xenomystus nigri
) and a few Congo Tetras (Phenacogrammus interruptus
) and maybe even a pair of African Butterfly Fish (Pantodon buchholzi
). Oh...wait....that's the tank that I'M planning to set up in the near future!!!