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Hey guys I was just wondering if anyone has any tips on training a BGK to be more active in the day time and to bring out their personalities. Thanks!
Its 55 gallons. I know I'll have to upgrade when he grows which will not be an issue. I'm just finishing my basement so I'm going to put a custom set up down there. I have a couple java fern, a couple amazon sword, and some grasses along with a rock cave and driftwood. I read that adding frog bit will make them feel more comfortable so I'll probably be adding that too.What size is the tank, and how much coverage is there?
Okay so you would recommend adding a powerhead of some sort? I will go and pick up some pipe today too. I'm planning on setting up a 250 in my basement in about a month so I'm going to move him once I get that established.A pipe is the best thing for them to live/sleep in. If you’re interested in keeping it properly, they come from very fast flowing streams and so would be best with a strong flow in a “river-tank”.
You’ll need a much bigger tank quite soon... they grow quickly up to about 8-10”, then slow down. They’re not a very bendy fish so need a large tank to move around in. My 16” one was getting very cramped in a 180g.
I gave him freezedried blood worms this morning and he came up and ate them and swam around for a while! I was pretty stoked as I just got him on friday@kieper I have never kept a BGK, but I currently have a Chocolate Ghost Knife (Apteronotus leptorhynchus). He is probably around 8 inches now and I’ve had him for about a year and a half. For the first six months, he stayed in his pleco cave and only came out when I turned the lights off. After that he began to venture out when I would feed in the morning but is still very shy.
My best advice is to find out what his favorite food may be and earn his trust through it. I know it sounds simple, but making him as comfortable as possible is the best way to do it. Also, as everyone else mentioned, provide plenty of cover!