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Bullheads in a well- established planted tank

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#1 Riffledace

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 08:53 AM

So, bullheads and rooted plants don't mix because the bullhead will dig them up. But what if the plants have had several months, even a year, to establish themselves and get their roots anchored firmly in the substrate? Will the bullheads still dig them up?

#2 Sean Phillips

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 08:59 AM

I've seen someone keep a trio of adult browns in a fully planted 120 gallon quite successfully, so I'd imagine it's possible.
Sean Phillips - Pine Creek Watershed - Allegheny River Drainage

#3 Betta132

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

For diggers, you can plant things so that they're growing up through a layer of eggcrate. Works for large cichlids and such, so I imagine it might work for the catfish.

#4 lilyea

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 07:55 PM

I have (4) large bullhead currently in my small outdoor pond.  I overwintered them in an 80 gallon tank and they didn't dig, but I wouldn't trust them if I wasn't ready to take a reasonable chance.  They are nest builders and seem to dig for food so you should expect them to dig and be surprised if they don't.

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