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acarichthys heckelie
August 7, 2013
2:27 pm
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donovan
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Hello good sirs and madams it has been a very long time since I last saw you. So since then my original plan for the 55 gallon with all the small Asian fish has been canceled,I have gained more knowledge and experience than I had before.

But now to the topic at hand, several months back I purchased a pair of acaricthys heckelei juveniles, and I am moving them from the tank I have them in and up a 60 gallon, I honestly do not know about the species as a whole but mine appear to be plant safe.

I know the care requirements of these fish for the most part but on a note of the fishes happiness, will a 60 gallon be enough? Also does anyone know of some good tank mates for them?

I am currently feeding a mixture of frozen blood worms, algae wafers, and flakes.

Thanks in advance.

August 9, 2013
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What substrate have you got? They much prefer a sand bed to sift through, they are not out-and-out substrate feeders like Satanoperca but are much happier with a suitable substrate.

That food should be OK but I'd introduce greater diversity of frozen foods, chopped small eathworms maybe.

Watch out for aggression, they can be a bit peevish with each other.

60 gallons should be OK, but larger would be better, these can get to substantial sizes when adult. 

August 10, 2013
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at the moment the tank they are temporarily in is smooth gravel. when the tank for them is set up the substrate will be fine river sand, the tank will be dim lit with quite a bit of driftwood. 

 

will they take live brine? also i have noticed the aggression, its not too bad though, they will nip at each other occasionally and then swim to opposite sides of the tank for a while.

 

what species in your opinion should i include for a biotope? they will probably end up in a 125 gallon later on but at the moment they are set for a 60.

thanks

August 11, 2013
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Well, the species is found across a large area of tropical South America (with some variation), so you could pick from very many different Amazonian larger tetras and small-to-medium catfish, other cichlids, even knifefish or other oddities if available.

Live brine should be taken eagerly, although frozen is easier and of a more reliable quality.

August 12, 2013
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thank you for the info, I would never have thought of knifefish being compatible. I will stick with the frozen foods then.

 

ok, so i will probably build a system in the near future to permanently house them.

 

thanks again

August 13, 2013
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You'd need to choose carefully with knifefish species, some of them don't compete well with greedy feeders, some just lie there for most of the day, others can be snappy, but Eigenmannia always seem to adapt well and are social.

 

How do you know the cichlids are a pair?

August 15, 2013
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they are not a bonded pair, when i said i purchased a pair i meant as in two of them. on the knifefish i will remember Eigenmannia, glass knifes, right?

 

thanks

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