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Polypterus senegalus(Common bichir)
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 hardy species that gets along well with its own kind and other peaceful species too big to swallow whole. Basically a pale, pinkish grey without other obvious markings. Because this fish is active by day and easy to keep, it is recommended for beginners with no experience of bichirs.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A good community fish provided it is not kept with species so small they will be viewed as food. This fish gets along well with Ctenopoma, Synodontis, and large African tetras such as Congo tetras.
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.
|Distribution||Nile basin and West Africa|
|Size||Up to 50 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.
|Abacus Aquatics||Kent||DA15 8DJ|
|Amwell Aquatics - Epping||Epping||CM16 6LX|
|Maidenhead Aquatics@ Oxford||Oxfordshire||OX33 1YJ|
|World of Water - Manchester||Cheshire.||WA15 7PJ|
|Wholesale Tropicals||London||E2 0AA|
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|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Acheilognathus tonkinensis||Tonkin Bitterling|