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#1 Bowdy

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:43 PM

hey guys i just got my hands on a little Senegal Bichir and just after some tips on keeping and feeding these awesome guys from the members with experience as this is my first.

cheers

#2 Craig

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:19 PM

www.google.com

#3 Anka

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:24 PM

Bit rude mate - one purpose of this forum (I gather) is to help people.

Be sure to throw up some pics for us bowdy - I'm jealous

#4 Bowdy

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:26 PM

il throw up some pics soon mate he is an awesome fish to watch, i didnt think they would get around much but he swims round all over the tank.
cheers

#5 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:13 AM

prob cause its hungry as... go feed it lol


#6 Peckoltia

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:17 AM

QUOTE (Craig @ Jun 26 2012, 11:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
www.google.com


About as useful as a wheel chair with pedals Craig.

Bowdy- chopped prawn, chopped fish fillets and hikari carnivore. Can't go wrong.

Tight lids.

Make sure all your filter intakes are secure.

Not much else, pretty undemanding species.

Alex

#7 Stacey89

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:36 AM

jealous!!! i want another one of these sad.gif

Good luck with him! smile.gif
Mine enjoy blood worms and brine shrimp as well smile.gif

#8 *Michael*

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

Did you get him from Perth aquariums ?

#9 Anka

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

Do you know what tank makes are suitable and if they would be cool in a planted tank?

Can't find enough info on the interwebz

#10 Peckoltia

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:03 AM

They spawn best in planted tanks as they are egg scatterers. Leave small brown adhesive eggs attached to everything... Plants, substrate and even on snails.

Bloodworms and brine shrimp is ok when they are small but I wouldn't bother with it as they grow.

#11 Bowdy

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:38 AM

This is the little guy



He is 15cm and looks real happy and healthy.
I have him on blood worms , brine shrimp and krill ATM and he loves it.
He is so active awesome fish.

In your opinion Alex what tank mates are recommended and what to stay away from ?
I have googled a lot before this post but thought it would be best to get info direct from members with experience. Cheers.

#12 SamJohns

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:11 PM

So cute. Just like you Raymondo wink.gif

Jealous!

#13 Bowdy

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:13 PM

hehehehehehehe sammy J

#14 Anka

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:17 PM

It's weird how much they look like snakes

#15 Bowdy

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:18 PM

you should get one anka there awesome

#16 Anka

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

He would probs monster my rainbows sad.gif

#17 Bowdy

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:42 PM

na no way man smile.gif


#18 SamJohns

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:20 PM

They grow pretty slow hey Ray? I've been doing a bit of reading and this seems to be the case.

A fully grown one would be awesome! I'm hunting one down.

#19 Bowdy

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:51 AM

Not 100% sure on growth rate google says a lot of different things. Il soon find out.

#20 Fox

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:31 PM

Very cool species to keep, I have had a few over the years.
Had them spawn once but they ate the eggs.
I fed mine on NLS Cichlid formula which they all loved.
I used bloodworms as a treat.

As to growth rates, all of mine grew quickly to about 20cm & then slowed down.

Tankmates, I kept mine with large American cichlids. I never had trouble but never felt secure having them together.
When I had my trio I kept them with african cichlids and thy got along just fine.
The Bichirs will look after themselves if they get picked on.
They will eat small fish and fry.
As said above they will jump out of the smallest cracks/openings so make sure to cover them up.

Give them tubes etc to hide in and they will be more active due to feeling safe I guess.
I had PVC pipes and plenty of plastic plants & rocks.
I recommend them to anyone wanting a very undemanding fish that look bloody awesome swimming around the tank with a snakey/dinosaur appearance.




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