This is my oldest tank. I have had it for about 8 years and its held all kinds of different things. Its a little scratched from 8 years of rescaping with lots of lava rock so excuse the pictures. I recently upgraded the lights and filter from 2 standard eclipse hoods, to a 4x36W PC with a fluval 404. I also added driftwood and lots of windolev java fern and java moss. I plan on add some additional anubis as well and maybe a big sword. I want to keep an anchient/prehistoric theme with this tank.
The inhabitants are 4 polypterus (P.senegalus, P.ornatipinnis, P.weeksii, P.palmas polli), a lare marble goby, a common plego and a silver catfish. I have had the catfish so long I dont even remember what kind of catfish it is anymore.
Here is a pic of the tank. I need to do something with the background soon, but I cant decide what to do.
Here is my senegalus bichir. This is my first bichir and I have had him for nearly 5 years. After getting this guy, I was hooked. He has a great personality and was the reason I ended up getting all the other ones. He is very social and curious as to goings on outside the tank. We call him Big Bichir and he rules the tank peacefully. I never have fights among all the livestock.
resting in the rocks, you can see he looks curious as to what I am doing.
The next bichir I got was the ornate bichir. I have had this one about 4 years now. We call him Tom because hes always peeping out at you from the rocks. Tom is actually female and my only bichir chick. Tom is a masterful hunter and goldfish stand no chance against him. He likes to swim around with big bichir.
The next two bichirs I got about 2 years ago. The first is the palmas poli. This one is by far the most active of all my bichirs and prefers open water to hiding in the rocks. Poli is also a voracious hunter and gets along well with all the others in the tank. The green eyes are awesome.
The last bichir, and smallest of my bunch is the reclusive weeksii. This guy hides constantly and I rarely see him. He always comes out last for food. He has a really cool pattern but he is very sketchy and hard to photograph.
Here is TANK! An awesome marble goby. This guy hides out in caves all day and really only comes out to get floating staple food. At night, if there are goldfish he absolutly destroys them. If he was inclined I think he could eat any bichir in the tank, but he never takes notice of them at all.
And good old catfish in Catfish cave. This cave seems to stay through every evolution of rescaping and this guy is always at home. He gets 100% of anythingthat falls to the bottom.
I havent seen many planted tanks with bichirs so I wanted to see how this would work out. Obviously I couldnt use delicate plants but the anubis, windolev and moss are easy to keep. I use minimal ferts on this one and no co2. I am really happy with how it looks right now so hopefully you do as well. I will post more pics when I get more plants. Thanks for looking!