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Common bichir Polypterus senegalus

Category: Bichirs & Reed Fish

Size: 9-11cm

Price: £12.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 2 in stock

Diet: Adaptable

Sociability: Aggressive

Care Level: Difficult

Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline

Schooling Fish: No

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Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 9-11cm

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.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Nile basin and West Africa
Temperature 24-28C
Size Up to 50 cm
Water Parameters Neutral water conditions preferred
Water PH 7.0