I recently rescued a 12" Black Ghost Knife Fish (Apteronotus albifrons)from a 25 Gallon Tank with enough other fish in it to overcrowd the tank by themselves. He is now (marginally) better off as he is only in a 30 Gallon tank (but without all the other fish). He is an amazing beast (one of those that "I've always wanted to keep") - - and he even eats TetraMin (not to worry, he gets frozen bloodworm and live earthworms as well)!!
Now begins the planning. Before I decide on an appropriate tank to acquire, I am considering possible tank mates, especially ones that would be found in it's native habitat. One species that I have considered is the Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus/Microgeophagus altispinosus/altispinosa - - not sure which is the valid name on this species). Does anyone out there in "Cichlid Room Companionland" know if these fish are likely to get along and/or if they would be found together in the wild? I realize that "getting along" often depends on tank size & layout. Knowing that the Ghost Knife may get to 20" in length, I am considering a tank of perhaps 72" x 24" x18"H.
I'd really appreciate feedback on my ideas as well as suggestions as to some other small to medium sized Cichlids that might work out well here.
Thanks a bunch !!