So after much internal debate and a small volume of research, I have decided that I like the idea of an African oddball (riverish) biotope over that of a Malawi lake recreation. This decision was supported by a small unscientific survey that gave results in the general phrase of "Those cichlids are pretty, but that other tank is 1337." So I've begun looking up driftwood prices from Ebay, casually gathering rocks from the college campus to examine as potential decor, and of course agonizing over my substrate. While I'm at it, I imagine it would be good to get a final list of fish down. So here it is (the list was essentially ripped off of something Fruitbat posted in a bichir profile- sorry for stealing Fruitbat
1 Xenomystus nigri
/ African brown knifefish / max: 12"
4 Pantodon buccholzi
/ African butterflyfish / max: 4"
10 Phennacogramma interruptus
/ Congo tetra / max: 3"
4 Pelvicachromis: pulcher
(3") or possible rubrolabiatis
(3", I think)
or palmas polli
/ max: 12"(?)
I have no experience with bichirs or synodontis (except for upside-down cats), so if someone could recommend which species is best for the set-up that would be cool. I like ansorgii
and palmas polli
equally, and they were the ones I narrowed down to out of my list counting out those that got too big and the ones that did not have quite the pattern I was looking for, though I am still open to other species if someone thinks they would do better in my tank than the ones I have stated.
As far as the synos go I am at a loss, though I am reading through the profiles at planetcatfish.com. I'm partial to the eupterus
, but since I have only seen them at specialty stores I'm not sure on the price, general quality, etc. I saw a small eupterus
for $15 online.
Any help would be appreciated.