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Polypterus ornatipinnis(Ornate Polypterus)
Bichirs are large, predatory fish distinguished by their armoured bodies, numerous dorsal fins, and lobed pectoral and pelvic fins. They have a very ancient look about them, and can make interesting and rewarding pets.
A big species, but very attractive when small so quite widely sold. Juveniles are dark grey with numerous small white spots. Adults have a similar colouration but somewhat faded.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Because of its large size, this fish is best kept alone or with other large but peaceful species such as plecs and large gouramis.
Bichirs are predators and will take a wide variety of live foods including mealworms, river shrimp, and bloodworms. They will also accept dead foods such as frozen prawns, mussels, and lancefish.
|Size||Up to 60 cm|
|Water Parameters||Neutral water conditions preferred|
Useful sources of information:
The Aqualog "Polypterus" book by Frank Schaefer is by far the most detailed book on species of bichir. To buy a copy of this book click here.
The latest shops to have this fish in stock are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.
|Woodford Aquatics||London||E18 1EJ|
|World of Water - Manchester||Cheshire.||WA15 7PJ|
|Wholesale Tropicals||London||E2 0AA|
Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Acheilognathus tonkinensis||Tonkin Bitterling|