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Old 09-23-2010, 09:02 PM   #61
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Very nice tank! I really love what you have done with the cave and the crypto's!

Your gonna love the senegal. I have 4 and there great. Once there used to the tank they are not shy at all, they will even swim around mid water. They will eat everything you put in the tank (mine even take pellets) and are great fun to watch. It's definitely a good thing your plants had some time to settle because they do like to dig around searching for food.

If you want some oddball tankmates you can take a look at Pantodon buchholzi, Ctenopoma acutirostre, Xenomystus nigri or Gnathonemus petersi. All will get along with the senegal if sizes are compatible (meaning the other fish should be at least 2/3's of the senegals length) and come from the same continent so the water requirements are more or less the same (although the polypterus doesn't really care that much).
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:05 PM   #62
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Thanks Loubard. The bichir is a really neat fish that I'm enjoying very much. For now, I just put in my community fish from my 125 gal when I did the rescape. The bichir doesn't seem to mind the company and swims around frequently.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 AM   #63
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Just keep in mind the bichir can get pretty big and can eat small fish.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:48 PM   #64
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Just keep in mind the bichir can get pretty big and can eat small fish.
How about the bichir WILL get HUGE (bigger than a foot) and all it will do is lie quietly somewhere waiting for fish to swim close enough...

One poster said it ate his cory... Thats like being surprised the sun came up today...

My favorite bichir I had was an Ornate I grew out from about 2 inches to 16 inches... Awesome fish but only active as a juvenile and anything that fits in its mouth is food... And they open their mouths MUCH LARGER thn you may assume!

GREAT tank design for them though! They will love it! But enjoy the movement now cause it wont stay that way... And just FYI, in the end, my Ornate bichir could eat 15 goldfish in one sitting... 15. And still wouldn't move more than a few inches to do so! Patient buggers!
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:02 AM   #65
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Well, that puts a major damper on the community fish idea. I'll start trying to net out the fish and perhaps replace them with some of the suggestions by Loubard.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:29 AM   #66
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awesome tank hope my 75 bichir tank looks like that.
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:16 PM   #67
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Thanks, it took a lot of patience to allow the tank to evolve naturally. I'm very happy with the results.
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:07 AM   #68
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Looks amazing. One of the nicest I've seen. Functional, yet natural. It doesn't look forced. Very nice!!
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:29 AM   #69
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Thanks. I haven't really messed with any plants since the beginning, other than remove the stem plants. Everything evolved on its own. The anubias are getting large and will be trimmed as they are sold. The ferns need a major trim too, they are taking over the crypt area.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:13 AM   #70
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very nice job you should rename this 'The Dragon's Lair' on account of that cave looking so sweet, and well, housing what looks like a dragon
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:01 PM   #71
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:31 AM   #72
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Everything has been growing so well that a major trim was needed. The ferns especially were invading the crypt space. Here's the new look, a little brighter without so many plants up top.




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Old 10-31-2010, 08:17 PM   #73
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II can't believe i missed this journal. I think its awesome that you have some cool oddball fish in a beautiful planted tank. The cave is really cool and and i like it how you completely hid it to. Great job
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:04 AM   #74
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Wow Chris that looks awesome. You sure are good at growing plants.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:36 AM   #75
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Any specs on lighting and fert schedule etc... CO2? How about the use of root tabs for the crypts? Substrate type? I'm curious.
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