07-08-2013, 07:34 PM #1Junior Member Platy
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Ornate bichir and black ghost knifefish
I am planning a 520US gallon predatory fish tank. I am planning on putting in a ornate bichir and a black ghost knifefish and then maybe add a few more fish if the tank is looking empty. Would the two be aggressive to each other. I am pretty sure they require the same contortions so I think I would be good on that front. Another thing I heard bichirs need a sandy substrate so they don't get hurt. Is this true. I would also like to put in a few plants to create a natural look. I was thinking about putting an elephant nose fish and an African butterflyfish but I'm worried they might get eaten by the burchir. At help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Also what should I feed. I was thinking ghost shrimp and feeder platys that I would raise myself in a 50 gal and a few feeder worms you would normally feed to snakes and scorpions. Would my idea work?
07-08-2013, 08:00 PM #2
The knife and birchir should do fine. You would be best off using sand substrate. Elephant nose and butterfly fish are a bit small though, 500 gallons is a lot of water to fill.FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's
07-08-2013, 08:05 PM #3
what about something like a larger schooling fish, would the birchir bother them, say a school of larger silver dollars? I honestly don't know so just guessing on an idea
07-08-2013, 08:19 PM #4
07-08-2013, 08:37 PM #5
honestly i think with a tank this size the typical "behavior" of fish does change because there is so much more open space for a natural feel.
IE. You typically would want a bichir alone, but in a tank this size smaller fish may work since there is so much more room, really they would just need to be faster than the bichir
ALSO, +1 to monsterfishkeepers on this one
07-08-2013, 08:42 PM #6
It's my opinion that a lot of these ideas that surface here are largely driven by a certain coolness aspect. It's mixing predators and that's always tricky.
Somehow we never get the "I want a 550 gallon tank, can I house 1000 neon tetras in there".
Anyway, excuse the rant. Monster if only for the practicalities like filtration and heating and the supports for big tanks.