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  1. Super Sywurm

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    The size of the bottom of the tank.
     
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  3. Hendre

    Hendre More fish?

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    Do some research, we aren't keepimg your fish for you
     
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    Ok thanks guys for the help, one last question where can I get senagalus bichirs

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    Like I said awesome pets in fourways crossing has some
    The one I said earlier I was wrong it was a senagalus


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  6. Hendre

    Hendre More fish?

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    Just about anywhere. I recommend them
     
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    Yes... 1.8m long tank, plus a decent size sump and that is not too big for a fire eel.
    As @Hendre said, dont look at the gallons/liters only.. you could have a vry high tank giving you extra water volume
    Those fish need swimming space...
    Many years ago, i had a fire eel.. he was about 50cm long and as thick as my wrist... that was back when we used 35mm film so i dont have picture ut believe me.. when she decided to take off from one side of the tank to the other.. it was like tornado inside the tank
    They are very powerful

    Polys.. be careful.. if you want a community tank with other fish, be wary of polys... once they reach the 30cm mark... they not so placid anymore and anything is game..
    Ideally they need a species tank
     
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    Hendre More fish?

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    Anything that gets longer than half their length is usually okay. Deep bodied fish are usually good
     
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    I mentioned before that Cesar had a poly.. dont ask me what it was.. i never bothered to check but he was a gorgeous beige color with very faint vertical stripes.

    He was about... 26..27 cm..
    Couple weeks ago we started noticing that Ray (his motoro male) was not happy and kept hiding and only coming out to eat.
    Usually Ray is up and down the glass playing in the bubbles
    First we thought it was Dragon (the silver aro because she is huge) so Cesar was going to move Dragon around
    Last week Saturday as he walked in through the door from taking his wife to work, he found Ray swimming frantically everywhere with the flippin poly attached to his tail biting him!!
    Ray is at least about 40cm disc.. he is big..
    Thank God Ray is ok.
    Fortunately a friend of his has a poly only species tank and was only too happy to take poly
    We couldnt risk him in any other tank because there are rays in every tank..
     
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    Footprint is the area of the tank not the hight (depth)

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    Agree with the advice above.

    Except Archer Fish aren't ideal.
    Firstly you need to make sure that you id the species correctly. Most seen in fish shops are brackish.
    The genuine fresh water species T blythii is hard to come by and therefore expensive.
    And they need to be kept in large groups. I have 3 and the smallest got hammered constantly.

    I have 2 Bichirs, A senegalensis - nice to keep, constantly active
    And an ornate - hides most of the time.
     
  12. Hendre

    Hendre More fish?

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    Archers can be maintained as singles.

    Delhezi and senegal are the most common and ideal
     
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    Rainstorm The Bitch, errr I mean Cow...

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    wow that must have been a shocker and a scramble to remove the poly then rehome it.
     
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    Definitely not. I've come to the point where my school has dwindled even down to two specimens, and their behaviour is more subdued and shy, and at feeding times they're a lot more skittish.

    So, you can, but it's far from ideal and clearly makes the fish uncomfortable.

    Regards,
     
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    It wasnt too difficult as once Cesar opened the tank and put his hand in, he let go off the ray and wasn't difficult to net him but we were lucky that he got home when he did, if he had taken longer he could have found a dead ray

    From what I can see on the net, it was a Senegalus...
    We will never have a grown poly in our tanks again..
    I do see on other forums that most of the guys have species only tanks for poys.. guess some of us take a chance or dont believe it until you see it for yourself
     
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    Hendre More fish?

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    Ah. I don't have the experience to know, good to know :)
    Depends. Polys are oppurtunistic so deep bodied cichlids and similar are fine. Rays are probably good to avoid
     
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    Agree.

    I tried one at first - @ £35 (R600 approx) I wasn't going to buy a school of them
    So went with one. It was very skittish and started hassling the other fish, especially at feeding time
    Went back to the lfs and was encouraged to get another 2, which I duly did. The biggest one then constantly chased and bullied the smallest one
    Called it quits at that point and took them all back.
     
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    Yep.. if it doesnt fit in their mouth they just bite a chunk off!

    No.. rather avoid the polys...
     
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    Not always. Mine have never bitten anything that isn't a poly
     
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    Hehehe.. they babies...
    Poly had been in the tank for about a year.. no problem...until he got very big and fat
     
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    Hendre More fish?

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    The bigger one is 16cm lol. But if they feel like they can eat it they'll try
     

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