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Im thinking of getting a predatory fish, but im not really sure what to get, i used to keep Oscars, but i no longer have space for such a big tank.

Any ideas on what would be a good small tank predator?
maybe around 20-30 gallon tank.

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ctenopoma ansorgii if you can get a hold of them that is...

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There's loads of options!

You can go predatory inverts, which are cool. Some sort of macrobrachium shrimp. They're really interesting to watch. Or even a blue crayfish, but they can only really be kept on their own unless you have a very large tank. Can't really mix many fish with them either. Or some type of crab. Panther crabs are awesome, although only newly discovered so not that much is known about them. Assassin snails are awesome.

Dwarf puffers are great little fish! You need about 3gallons of water per puffer and they need a really well decorated tank. They're so funny to watch hunting snails.

You could do an african predator tank with a pack of ctenopoma ansorgi. If you have enough (5+) they hunt in a pack, it's awesome. Also, an African Butterfly Fish which are just pure awesome. And upside down catfish. Rainbowfish... some sorta small plec.

Edit: you could do leopard ctenopoma in the african tank, but not a pack.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:07 PM
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Or in a small tank you could do shellies!
Tanganyika Cichlids: Shell Dwellers

Or Channa bleheri!!



there's so many options!
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I love the idea of keeping leopard ctenopoma! What are they like to keep? what are the tank needs? and am i going to be able to get my hands on one?

thanks for the help so far
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Grr there are soo many to choose from! i really want a leaf fish, but i dont think im going to be able to get one! iv looked online and they dont seem to be readily available! but the leopard ctenopoma look very similar and hunt in a very similar mannar, which is what has always interested me about the leaf fish!

This may sound abit silly, but i want something that is a little terror :P but also has personality! not sure if u know what i mean

whats your thoughts on leaf fish?
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I love the idea of keeping leopard ctenopoma! What are they like to keep? what are the tank needs? and am i going to be able to get my hands on one?

thanks for the help so far
They're awesome to keep!
They're really shy, so you need to have some sort of ditherfish. Tank needs to be quite well planted, otherwise they'll just find one place to hide and stay there. They have massive mouths, you'll be surprised what they can eat. The leopard ctenopoma are quite common, the ansorgii are quite rare.
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WOW the Channa bleheri seems perfect!

Grr im never going to be able to make my mind up! or im going to end up with 50 tanks! either way :P
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:18 PM
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This may sound abit silly, but i want something that is a little terror :P but also has personality! not sure if u know what i mean

whats your thoughts on leaf fish?
American leaf fish?
I think just an actual leaf would be more entertaining - they don't move! Leopard Ctenopomas are like leaf fish with a personality.

Dwarf puffers have MASSIVE personalties, as do shellies. And shellies really are terrors lol.
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Another seemingly silly question, whats a ditherfish? :P
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