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Anyone planted with Predatory Fish?

Hey all,

I'm just wondering if any of you guys and gals are working with any predatory type fish in your planted tanks? If so, maybe someone will feel my pain. I see a lot of these perfectly manicured tanks and I try to keep up with the trend but its just so difficult when you have fish that are either A) Large or B) very territorial.

Between ripped out plants everyday to shattered drop checkers and diffusers, I just needed to vent. Feel free to post some pictures if you fit the category.

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I've never kept predatory fish but just wanted to let you know you have a great tank there.


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My 75 has two pike cichlids and some gymnogeophagus in it...not particularly aggressive but they aren't what most people keep in planted tanks.
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I've never kept predatory fish but just wanted to let you know you have a great tank there.
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My 75 has two pike cichlids and some gymnogeophagus in it...not particularly aggressive but they aren't what most people keep in planted tanks.

How big are they??

My 3 p's are pushing 9 inches now and they are a complete terror. Especially when it comes to feeding time. I keep my eyes closed when I feed just so I don't have to visualize the destruction

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The male is about 5 inches, it's a relatively small species (Crenicichla minuano)
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Great tank. I've had gars, arowana's and wolffishes in planted environments and never had a problem. Accept the thrashing, it up roots some plants.


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do those eat you when you plant?
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I have a full sized female Convict in my planted 20g. She is a real piece of work and doesn't like my decorating. In addition to uprooting the plants constantly she likes to move substrate around. I've sworn to take her out of that tank many times but I just don't have another tank to put her in right now.

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My spilo tank tank is planted lightly i dont have co2 hooked to it like i do my community tank. Rocco if your not a www.piranha-fury.com member you should check it out. BTW beautiful natts
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My spilo tank tank is planted lightly i dont have co2 hooked to it like i do my community tank. Rocco if your not a www.piranha-fury.com member you should check it out. BTW beautiful natts

Hey....I'm actually a pretty active member over there. Are you on?

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The male is about 5 inches, it's a relatively small species (Crenicichla minuano)

Ahh ok, now that you mention it. I think I've seen them before. Pretty neat!

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Great tank. I've had gars, arowana's and wolffishes in planted environments and never had a problem. Accept the thrashing, it up roots some plants.
Ok, someone who knows a thing or two about keeping larger fish in a planted environment. I think that's my biggest problem. They fight on a constant basis so the dashing back and forth alongside the hiding within the plants really creates havoc. I'm having to replant newer plants without roots about 2 times a day. I think I'm going to float them until they start to build roots. I've tried burying them with rocks, driftwood, inches of substrate still with no luck. What a pain

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do those eat you when you plant?

lol.....I've had a few encounters but nothing serious. One of them likes to test his boundaries though. I would say as he gets a bit bigger, the planted scene might be put on hold..

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I have a full sized female Convict in my planted 20g. She is a real piece of work and doesn't like my decorating. In addition to uprooting the plants constantly she likes to move substrate around. I've sworn to take her out of that tank many times but I just don't have another tank to put her in right now.

eh what a pain. I used to have a red devil that did the same thing. I wouldn't even think about planting that tank.....

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