Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-17-2003, 10:56 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NC
Posts: 10
Tankmates for a BGK...

I have a 40 gallon with a lone Black Ghost Knife. He's about 7 inches long and I've had him for about 3 years and he's always done very well. I've found that this is actually a very hardy fish, regardless of how much information I've found to tell me otherwise. He's tolerated conditions that are far less than ideal as I've experiemented and played around with things in the tank other the years.

One thing that I have never been able to have, though, is other tankmates. Anything that I've tried in the tank, even over the course of a single night, has ended up either dead or horribley mangled. I eventually have to take the other fish back to the store out of worry for their lives. I don't even want to mention the cory massacre a few years back...

I just don't get what I'm suppose to put in there. Websites suggest peaceful fish that won't bother or nip at the ghost, but what about protection FROM the ghost? As much as I'd like to maintain a huge and yet completely barren tank for a single shy fish, I want other fish too! Is there anything that can live peacefully with this fish or should I just keep him alone and try to get another tank? Has anyone had success with these and other fish?
__________________

__________________
wendy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2003, 11:15 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NC
Posts: 10
Forgot to ask...

I have plans of moving this guy into a 55 gallon soon, or maybe something a little larger. Would that help this behavior any? He's never actually eaten a fish, but he'll pick at them until they are dead or dying if given the chance. Would the larger tank help any?
__________________

__________________
wendy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2003, 11:21 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Alexandria VA
Posts: 299
Hi Wendy:

How large have his tankmates been? Are they smaller fish? Have you tried any of the tankmates recommended on this site? I've never kept BGK, but they seem to be populat lately! The topic keeps coming up!

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...=21&pCatId=857

Anyway, you've probably seen this, but maybe we can narrow things down for someone who knows their stuff!
__________________
Non ruttare mio amore... Spaventi i pesci!
(No burping, honey... You're scaring the fish!)
Tigerlily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2003, 01:01 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: NY, NY
Posts: 2,303
Send a message via AIM to madasafish
Yes, as liveaquaria mentions (I've looked at their species summary for the BGK many many times...) like-sized fish are recommended. You should really think about catfish of a slightly larger body size, such as Bumblebee cats and plecos (the best bet, probably). I'd advise medium-largish plecs, esp. the bristlenose (or bushynose) Ancistrus species. Slightly smaller species such as the Clown Peckoltia, King Tiger, Queen Arabesque, Gold Nugget, might get hurt. Buy a specimen that's already 5+ inches in length. Check out the catfish species--the larger ones are usually quite hardy!!

*Don't* get a redtail cat, a shovelnose cat (Lima, Tiger).

Also, Silver dollars would no doubt fit in well in a 55, and can fend for themselves. Check species for size, as there are several species called "Silver dollars."

There are a couple of occasional users who talk about their BGKs; you might be lucky and get a post from one of them...

You really shouldn't have a problem with species of a sufficient size. But it's possible you've got a particularly ornery guy!
__________________
MTS is a blessing, not a disease.
madasafish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2003, 04:53 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BrianNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,535
If I'm correct, the black ghost is nocturnal. It just may be that the fish he killed were not. How about mixing other knife fish with him? Clown knives are pretty cool and shouldn't bother him.
__________________
BrianNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2003, 05:38 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,675
Send a message via ICQ to ferret Send a message via AIM to ferret
clown knife == 4 foot long
__________________
Gamer? Like Counter-strike, World of Warcraft, or just games in general? Visit https://www.gamehavoc.com/
ferret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2003, 09:43 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
I have had my BGK for years. He gets along well with everything EXCEPT plecos. He is well over 12 inches long. I believe your problem may be the tank size. Mine started in a 30, out grew it and moved to a 55 and is now in a 150. His tank mates are gourami, angels, discus, rams, cory cats, rosy and gold barbs, a clown loach, 2 pictus cats and one pleco that has managed to be smart enough to avoid voodoo.

These have been tankmates with him from the beginning, or most of them anyway.
Also, he eats quite well.
__________________

__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bgk, tan, tankmate, tankmates

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What to do with my BGK? Japola44 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 01-22-2006 09:21 AM
Free: BGK Japola44 Archive 2 01-03-2006 03:06 PM
curious bgk... Japola44 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 12-20-2005 01:47 PM
Might sell BGK Archive 2 07-28-2005 03:35 PM
BGK w/ barbs? Fishboy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 11-12-2004 10:38 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.