Will a Senegal bichir eat a golden pheasant killifish?

FishNoob100

I want to make an african tank in my 70 gallon. There aren't many colourful fish and I like bichirs. I will be getting 1x senegal bichir, 1x african butterfly, and 6-10x congo tetras. If the senegal will eat the killifish, can you recommend some colorful African schooling fish?
 

tike

I want you to seriously think about this question. A senegal bichir will get 18-20" long.... pheasant killiefish gets around 4" long.......
 

Cue

Senegals have the capability to eat probably everything in your planned stocking. So yes, it will likely get eaten.
 

FishNoob100

I want you to seriously think about this question. A senegal bichir will get 18-20" long.... pheasant killiefish gets around 4" long.......
Senegals are only 12-14 I heard. Albinos get even shorter.
Senegals have the capability to eat probably everything in your planned stocking. So yes, it will likely get eaten.
Also many people have kept senegals and congos no problem
Ok Ok. The killifish will get eaten. Can someone recommend me colorful african schooling fish that won't get eaten.
 

tike

When I had mine, it was 17.5" before it died. Care, tank size and diet will dictate a lot in growth.
 

WRWAquarium

What about some African cichlids like yellow tailed acai? I've heard those are used as schooling fish in Malawi tanks and get to 6 inches.

Could be a terrible idea but other then congos I don't know of large African schooling fish.

If you didn't want to keep it strictly African there would be other options. Tinfoil barbs, silver dollars, maybe like giant danios or denisons barbs. Although I can see an 18 inch predator considering eating those too!
 

MacZ

What about some African cichlids like yellow tailed acai? I've heard those are used as schooling fish in Malawi tanks and get to 6 inches.
Completely different requirements.

There are dozens of african tetras:
Alestidae - Wikipedia

And african barbs:
Enteromius - Wikipedia

Many are hard to come by, though because of prolonged civil wars and unrest and pandemic related problems. Anything smaller than 8-10cm is out automatically.

Bichirs are the same as any other fish: If it fits in their mouth they will try to eat it, even if that means to eventually choke on it. So besides Synodontis catfish (not the Malawi/tanganyika species!), Bush fish, sizeable Hemichromis cichlids and African Butterfly Fish there is not much you can definitely house with bichirs long term. Edit: At least not without entering monster fish territory.
 

WRWAquarium

Never heard of those tetras or barbs. As always mac your posts are a wealth of knowledge!

The Bush fish is a good idea! They are available every so often locally to me at least and really interesting looking.
 

FishNoob100

Completely different requirements.

There are dozens of african tetras:
Alestidae - Wikipedia

And african barbs:
Enteromius - Wikipedia

Many are hard to come by, though because of prolonged civil wars and unrest and pandemic related problems. Anything smaller than 8-10cm is out automatically.

Bichirs are the same as any other fish: If it fits in their mouth they will try to eat it, even if that means to eventually choke on it. So besides Synodontis catfish (not the Malawi/tanganyika species!), Bush fish, sizeable Hemichromis cichlids and African Butterfly Fish there is not much you can definitely house with bichirs long term. Edit: At least not without entering monster fish territory.
Yeah I think 2 female jewel cichlids will do.
 

MacZ

Yeah I think 2 female jewel cichlids will do.
Get one, the females aren't much better than the guys.
 

CHJ

As the old fish keeping saying goes "If one fish can fit in another's mouth, it will eventually end up there."
 

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