Vieja argentea

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Vieja argentea

Post by jancibie » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:39 am

Hello everyone, I wanna ask what is the maximal possible size(which you know) of male of Vieja argentae in tank and also in nature. I think that it should be 35 cm. Thanks.

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Re: Vieja argentea

Post by Lee Nuttall » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:57 am

My own argentea reached 13"/ 33cm in size, this took at about 4 years from a 1.5" size fish. I believe the fish would have reached it's maximum size if I'd kept him longer. 8)

I see many videos and photos of large size aquarium specimens in the Dutch hobby.

35cm should be achievable with a large aquarium, good filtration and feeding.

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Re: Vieja argentea

Post by smitty » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:35 pm

Do you still think 35cm/14inches is achievable in a 75 gallon aquarium with good filtration, water, and feeding. I would think so just want to see what you members think.
150gal- Dovi's; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260
180gal- Managuense; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260; FX5
210gal- Argta,Bifsct,Fnstrtus,Maculcda,Regani,Syns,Zntus; 4 AC P.Filters; 2 AC P.Hds; Eheim 2250,2262; FX5

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Post by Bas Pels » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:53 pm

75 gallon = 300 liters

That is way too small for argenteum

A 120 * 50 * 50 cm tank (4 feet * 20 inches * 20 inches) contains this 300 liters, and for a 30 cm fish this measures 4 L * 12/3 L (L being the length of the fish)

For argenteum you'll need 6 L * 3 L footprint

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Post by smitty » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:48 pm

I have even seen an 18 inch Oscar in a 75 gallon. But I can tell you I was not surprised because of the maintenance that was dedicated to the tank. Now it is no question that it is not ideal to house them that way.
150gal- Dovi's; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260
180gal- Managuense; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260; FX5
210gal- Argta,Bifsct,Fnstrtus,Maculcda,Regani,Syns,Zntus; 4 AC P.Filters; 2 AC P.Hds; Eheim 2250,2262; FX5

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Re: Vieja argentea

Post by Kyle May » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:57 pm

I keep bifaciatus, synspilum and argentea.
I'd say maximum size for a big male would be closer to 17" if kept in a larger, well kept aquarium.
180 gal 6' X 2' footprint or larger.

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