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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:39 am Post subject: BGK Growth Rate? Reply with quote

 Hi  MFK,
 
 I  have  recently  got  a  BGK  which  is  about  4.5"  (for  cheap).
 
 It  is  currently  housed  in  a  2  footer  with  three  Pearl  Gourami.  (Over  time  I  plan  to  move  it  to  my  4  footer).
 
 I  am  currently  feeding  the  "tank"  at  least  twice  a  day  with  some  fresh  krill  and  Arowana  sticks.  I  think  the  BGK  eats  quite  a  bit  of  it.
 
 (I  plan  to  get  Hikari  Cichlid  Bio-Gold+  for  my  Malawi  tank  and  the  sinking  variety  for  my  Jaguar  and  this  BGK  later  this  week.  (maybe  tomorrow)).
 
 WCs  are  weekly  and  about  70%.  (Filtration  is  huge  Sponge  Filter  and  a  Boyu  internal  filter  both  running  24x7  except  feeding  time.
 
 Given  this  tank  set-up  and  feeding  regime,  what  is  the  estimated  growth  rate  for  the  BGK?
 
 Thanks,
 Sid
 
 BTW:  This  is  one  of  his  pics:
 
 


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:00 am Post subject: Re: BGK Growth Rate? Reply with quote

 Sid,
 
 feed  your  BGK  beef  heart,  a  few  life  fish  everynow  and  then.  the  water  change  regime  and  filteration  is  fine.  i  have  some  fish  food  that  u  might  like.  pm  me  your  address  if  u  like  and  i'll  send  u  a  sample.
 
 i  had  a  BGK  with  Pearl  Gourami.  no  problem  over  there  till  one  male  went  rogue  and  tried  attackin  the  BGK.  woke  up  to  find  the  gourami  dead  with  a  nice  clean  hole  punched  right  through  him  just  under  the  dorsal  fin.
 
 You  fish  will  eventually  need  a  4ft  tank  to  reach  his  best  lenghts.  in  your  current  setup,  you  should  reach  8  inches  in  under  a  year.  Contrary  to  people's  statement  of  BGK's  pickin  off  smaller  fish,  i  havent  had  this  problem  ever,  though  i  would  ensure  my  BGK  gets  fed  beef  heart  at  night  before  lights  out.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:15 am Post subject: Re: BGK Growth Rate? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  advice,  Viresh.
 
 How  do  you  feed  beef-heart  to  your  fish?  I  have  read  about  beef-heart-mix  used  for  Discuss.  Do  you  use  any  specific  set  of  ingredients  and  create  a  mix  or  just  feed  them  beef  heart  after  just  cutting  it  in  small  pieces?
 
 Cheers,
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:23 pm Post subject: Re: BGK Growth Rate? Reply with quote

 Sid,
 
 nothing  special  at  all.  all  i  used  to  do  was  feed  them  1/2  inch  cubes  that  have  been  boiled  well.  no  salt.  nothing.  but  i  suggest  u  supplement  this  with  some  really  high  quality  high  protien  food  as  well.  what  may  be  bad  for  u  cichlid  would  work  really  well  for  your  BGK.  i  forget  which  of  the  lakes  cichlids  dont  do  well  with  high  protien  content...u  could  use  that  food  thrown  in  once  in  a  way.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:14 am Post subject: Re: BGK Growth Rate? Reply with quote

 i  started  feeding  FBH  since  one  week.  can  i  feed  FBH  twice  daily?  my  8inch  BGK  not  taking  1/2  cm  cubesalso,holding  in  mouth  &  leaving(i  am  expecting  it  2  finish  before  my  eyes.other  wise  i  may  rotten&  spoil  water  na  &  may  fungus  hazard  too).  eating  well  smal  pieces(0.4*0.6cm)  well  from  my  hand.  it  is  placed  in  2*1*1  tank  only.  what  is  the  expiry  period  for  FBH  to  store&use?  why  FBH(creating  religious  sin  feeling),  can  i  use  goat  heart  or  any  other  from  next?  my  parrots  &  zebra  danios  also  taking  this.  is  there  will  be  any  problem?  other  wise  i  will  drop  FBH  directly  in  to  BGK  castle  with  a  pipe.
 
 @ZAKK
 my  next  simple  feeder  plan:  horizantal  4inch  transparent  pipe,fitted  with  1inch  pipe  in  middle  vertically  up  to  surface.  hence  i  can  drop  FBH  r  sinking  carnivorous  pellets  (not  yet  found  in  my  near  LFS)directly  in  to  his  house.
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 u  dont  need  to  do  all  that  bro.  just  hook  the  FBH  up  to  a  stiff  plastic  pipe  and  lower  it  to  him.  he  will  realise  its  a  feed  and  eat  it.  each  day  draw  the  pipe  upwards  to  the  water  till  the  time  he  starts  accepting  food  from  your  hand.  i  had  mine  eating  from  the  palm  of  my  hand  for  the  pellets  and  right  from  my  finger  for  the  beef  heart.
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 dude.....PM  me  your  address.  i  will  send  u  some  feed  that  your  BGK  will  love.
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