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  • Species: bichir

Interesting Facts About Bichirs

23 January 2020


Bichirs have existed for over 60 million years and can breathe air due to a special swim bladder. They can also survive out of water for a considerable amount of time so long as their scales are kept moist.

They are a large and predatory fish distinguished by their armoured bodies, numerous dorsal fins and also their lobed pectoral/ pelvic fins. Using these fins, they can actually move about on land too.

Bichirs have a very mesmerising and prehistoric appearance about them and can make for quite interesting and rewarding pets. Bichirs are best kept in a species tank or with large but peaceful fish because sometimes they may be territorial and aggressive towards other Bichirs.

Just remember, they are predators and will prefer to take a wide variety of live foods including mealworms, river shrimp and bloodworms. Non living foods such as frozen prawns, mussels, and lancefish are also acceptable forms of feed.

Bichirs are hardy but require a large tank. So long as they are given a high protein diet and plenty of places to hide, there is no reason why they may not flourish in the home aquarium.