6" Nile perch. A true monster fish, I'm keeping him to adulthood. This fish will give me a good excuse for a large upgrade.
The flash made his eyes look red.
The flash made his eyes look red.
I feeding him guppies right now. But I'm going to switch to reg goldfish feeders b/c I bought 25 feeder guppes for $5 when I got him and he eat all in one feeding! I'm trying very hard though to get him to eat shrimp and other foods like that.Snow,
what are you feeding that beast?
i was looking at these at IPU a few days ago they are scary looking even at this small size...
looks very good.
lolPosting again in your thread =( jelousy jelousy jelousy!
No a god idea Ben. When the ATF grows big it might trash the puffer and both fish could die as puffer have toxic.nice monster man! im glad to see your taking on the challenge!!..im thinking about a African Tiger with my Mbu...dont know if its a good idea though?!?!
ive seen darwins nightmare, good movie, but made me hate the nile perch, and what we do to our fellow man.If you are into Nile Perch as well as social issues, an excellent movie to watch is Darwin's Nightmare.
I remember back in the early 1990's Dr. Paul Loiselle gave a talk at the Vancouver Aquarium Club about attempts to save various speicies of Victorian cichlids that were being driven to extinction by the Nile Perch. He was encouraging hobbyists around the world to maintain breeding colonies of vulnerable fish so that they would still exist in the future. The problem was that the fish in question were not very attractive compared to Lake Malawi or Tanganyka fish; I don't know what became of the project.
The Nile Perch is indeed a monster. Good thing it is tropical and can't live in our waters.
Upon posting this on MFK they told me that infact this is a royal nile perch, not a nile perch. They still get large, around 4 ft but not that big. And yes people have been showing me that pic and NO it will not get that big, thats like the first picture you come across when you google image this fish, really turns people off of this because they are such a nice fish, even a reg nile perch will not get that big, that's a close to record size. Fish never get as big in an aquarium as they do in the wild. For example an arapaima will get usually 1.5ft smaller than that they would in the wild, they would also grow slower....well depending on how much you feed.ive seen darwins nightmare, good movie, but made me hate the nile perch, and what we do to our fellow man.
"The Nile perch was introduced to Lake Victoria in East Africa in the 1950s, and since then it has been fished commercially. It is attributed with causing the extinction or near-extinction of several hundred native species, but as Nile Perch stocks decrease due to commercial fishing, at least some of them are making a comeback. Initially, the Nile perch's diet consisted of native cichlids, but with decreasing availability of this prey, it now consumes mainly small shrimp and minnows.
The fish's introduction to Lake Victoria, while ecologically negative, has stimulated the establishment of large fishing companies there. In 2003 Nile perch earned 169 million euro in sales to the EU."
snippit from wiki
however since yours wont be committing genocide, congrats on the new monster!
I'm having a hard time imagining an aquarium for a fish this size that would fit in the average home, where do you live???
heres a pic of a full grown specimen http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Lates_niloticus_2.jpg