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Not sure it's in the right subforum, but here goes My wife finds the current tank a bit boring. Since this is the show tank, I willing to consider doing something, but I do want to think it through first as the tank is running without probs for a while now (had my share of problems with it in the past).
The tank dimensions: 270cmx90cmx70xm (8.85ft x 2.95ft x 2.29ft) Contains: - 6 Horabagrus brachysoma - 1 Auchenoglanis sp. - 1 P. pardalis - group of juvenile (+-14cm) F. rostratus.
She doesn't quite like the rostratus, as they mainly stay in a group and don't do anything weird or sudden. Sometimes the males show mating behaviour but not for too long. Not much happening in the tank in that departement.
Indeed, nothing "weird" or "funny" happens, otherwise the tank is running great. She misses the kind of funny moves you see on ancistrus. I do not want to overstock the tank (I still have some capacity left i guess) and though I might make this an all catfish tank in the future, I'm not planning to do so at the current time. I do want to adjust another part of the back of the tank to house more catfish. That's not a problem. The rostratus have room enough and sand enough to dig in.
Several ideas I had: - Add a group of ancistrus. They are active and several species can take the water (ph +- 7-7.5, temp between 24°C (77F) and 26°C (78.8F). They move a lot and breed, which is something that doesn't happen now. - Add a group of syno's. No relevant experience here, it would have to be a species that is quite visible. - Add a bigger visible fish that doesn't hide all day. Another pleco? A bigger syno?
She likes the fact that you see catfish appear and do their catfish things. She's fond of the pardalis. He grazes on the algae on the rocks and is doing so in the most weird positions. Or he sleeps in a funny fashion. That's what she likes.
If I would change it to a catfish tank, I would have added a group of Schilbe but now, it would just be to much I think. So it needs to be something that my tank can take, without disruption the stable character of it. As I said, I just want to see if something is possible, if it isn't, then it isn't
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Thanks for the info guys. It's not that I'm immediately going to change something to the tank as I quite like it the way it is. But I know I still have a bit of room for a catfish and I can show them to the missus if she really would miss a more visible catfish.
It is indeed important to keep the missus happy She likes catfish more than the cichlids that are in there, so if I can find an interesting catfish, she'll be happy Catfish, oddballs, she likes that kind of fish, me too.
Have a group of 8 Synodontis Multis in one of my Show tanks, they never stop moving around. They make cool little trains following each other around. Neat little African Cat. I also have a smaller group of syndontis Pardalis "Ja River" in another tank, they are expensive but always out. Synodontis Njasse, are nice too.
I'd say yes. 5-6 at a min and the more the merrier. My limited understanding says multipunctata are hard to come by. Mostly what is sold under their name are grandiops (not easy to tell apart) and, very sadly, often hybrids. So, one'd be wise to take photos at an LFS before buying and post them here for an ID (remember, the photo quality is directly related to the ID quality). Here in the US LFSs, I've seen multies/grandiops anywhere from $15 to $50. Quite variable. Times 5 or 6 - that's humongously variable.