I did know about the Bichir's deal with eating anything that fits in his mouth, the Pictus do the same thing.. Lost all my Neon Tetras that way. I had a dozen Swordtails originally so that their fry would be food for everyone in the tank outside of the flake and frozen food I feed out. When I got Metal Snake back in 2013 he was still small, 4 inches, so it was a good deal with the Swordtails, they had fry, the fry got eaten, those that didn't would grow up have more fry etc. Now he is larger and ate the older Swordtails, mostly the males, and now they have been transitioned to brackish in preparation for the Frog Fish I am hoping to get. For the same reason why I got the Swordtails in the first place :P The Swordtails have been doing well in brackish and have/still are having lots of fry. They colors on them came out well too, they are black and orange with green flecks across their bodies. Those have grown up and every month or so I find new fry that are mostly eaten by their parents.
There are 2 reasons why I don't/can't go bigger than an 180 gallon tank. One is money wise, buying a tank larger than that is kind of expensive, it is cheaper for me to buy the acrylic and build the tank myself. It is less than half the price to build it myself than a glass tank of the same size. The other is space, we live in a condo/town house/apartment place there is not a lot of room down here in the living room for 2 large tanks. I already have plans on building another tank of the same size for my brackish water tank. More misinformation and cross information on fish before I joined this community. I am kind of torn which tank will be upgraded first. Oh yeah, it is hard for me to find the sheets already cut in the size I need/want and still save money for proper plumbing. About the only thing I can't do with acrylic is get straight cuts. I have found other places that charge per cut to make a larger tank but then there is placement. I either have to look for a stand for it, place it on the floor or build a stand for it myself, something I can try to do but haven't because of the weight of a filled tank. Part of the deal for upgrading 2 tanks was i sell one of my 3 tanks so that is going to be the subtropic freshwater
. It has the least amount of pet fish and I don't think I will be sad to see it go.
Thank you guys for the feedback, I really appreciate it. If you have any other info you would like to share I would love to hear it
Putting Cichlids with my Bichir was just an idea I had to put more colorful fish in the tank, mostly blue for my husband it's his favorite color, but if it is not going to work with the size of tank I am looking to build and with the fish I currently have it will just have to be put ont he back burner until we move back to Cali.
Also I am not sure what I can do with the sunfish if I eventually find out they are not legal to keep in GA. To return them to the wild is just as irresponsible as having them in the first place because as far as I know they were tank raised in the first place, maybe to keep mosquitoes from reproducing where they keep their feeder fish. I can't build a pond for them since I rent, otherwise I would and move them outside. Although I am not sure if that is less legal than keeping them in a fish tank... At least if my friend buys the land he is planning on buying I could move them there, after the water is tested, and if it s mating pair he could stock his own pond. I do know it is legal to fish from bodies of water on your own land without a permit and there are no restrictions on catching them. Thanks for looking out for me on that Nav.