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Would weekly 50% water changes work or would it need to be a bigger percentage?MrBryan723 said:I don't see why not. At least as a grow out tank. Eventually the cichlid will outgrow the tank and would need something more like a 75-125. Not so much due to the water volumn, but more the foorprint. A square shaped 55 could house them indefinitely with frequent maintenance.
I've been told that a 30g is the minimum tank size for a parrot, and that a 40 is the minimum for a dino bichir?MrBryan723 said:Maybe. Those parrots get oscar sized(over 12")and the bichir will get at least a foot long too when they're full grown. You would have to adjust your water change schedule as they grow at any rate, so just keep an eye on it and increase it as needed. 50% a week isn't a bad starting point. I still figure you would need to upgrade to at least 75g at some point in the future. Maybe a sump would be a good enough alternative if space is an issue as you can put it under the tank.
I own two blood parrots, and I strongly disagree with the 30g minimum that I've also seen on some sites. I've also never heard of a parrot reaching 12+ inches. Typically 8" is a good sized adult parrot.Bloodfeather said:I've been told that a 30g is the minimum tank size for a parrot, and that a 40 is the minimum for a dino bichir?
So I was under the impression that a 55g would be ok for only the two?
I'm saying a dinosaur/senegal, which usually max out at just below a foot. I've seen and read of a 40 breeder being fine for one.blennylover2323 said:Birchir will most likely grow out of the tank. I was going to get one personally but was told that I wasn’t allowed to keep it in a 100 gallon. Having a single blood parrot in a 55 sounds ok but not for the birchir.
By the way I was looking at a certain type of birchir, I’m not sure if it’s all the same with all types of birchirs
Hope that helped!
Thank you for the info! I think I'm gonna hold off on the blood parrot. A dino bichir is my dream fish so I'll probably end up going with one of those!AngryRainbow said:I own two blood parrots, and I strongly disagree with the 30g minimum that I've also seen on some sites. I've also never heard of a parrot reaching 12+ inches. Typically 8" is a good sized adult parrot.
I would say you would maybe be okay with a 55. I've been told that's enough room for senegal birchir (no personal experience but I was considering getting a birchir at one point so I did some research). The issue may come from the parrot though. It all comes down to the individual honestly. Of my two parrots, one remained smaller (4-5") and he would definitely be fine in a 55, but my other parrot (7ish") would probably be a bit big for a 55. She would have enough room to turn around obviously, but not a whole lot of room to swim front to back. Some parrots are also very aggressive and may not tolerate tank mates in a 55.
So you could start with the 55, but know depending on your parrot, you may need to upgrade. I keep both my parrots in a 75 and it seems like plenty of room for them.
African cichlids are a no no if you only want one. Also african cichlid applies to hundreds of different species. If anything the bichr might eat the african cichlid.Bloodfeather said:
I'm saying a 55.FinalFins said:African cichlids are a no no if you only want one. Also african cichlid applies to hundreds of different species. If anything the bichr might eat the african cichlid.
Also according to seriouslyfish, ( ) Senegal bichrs can get closer to 2 feet. Not 1. And they reccomend a 5x2x2 foot tank. A 40 gallom is too small for any 1 foot fish long term
Thank you for your advicekanzekatores said:Bichir and Blood parrot would work fine. In fact I want to start up a semi-aggressive like that someday. You could also do bichir & African cichlid in 55 gallons+. Either works just Blood parrotfish & Bichir would need more Space, at least 75 gallons.
Well, there we go. 11” inches is caused by the smaller tank.Bloodfeather said:I personally know several professional fishkeepers, and multiple of them have kept dino bichirs. Theirs thrived in 40-55 gallon tanks, and one was placed in a 90 gallon. Even the one in the 90g stayed below 11". T