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Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri
Category: Bichirs & Reed Fish
Price: £159.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 1 in stock
Schooling Fish: No
Care Level: Difficult
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Newly imported jumbo Bichirs.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri (Saddled Bichir)
Bichirs are large, nocturnal 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 very large species, sandy grey above and paler below, with a few indistinct horizontal bands running over the back and onto the flanks. These bands may be forked or broken into little more than blotches.
Their head is small and similar to that of a lizard, with a large gaping mouth and small eyes on either side. Due to it's limited eyesight, the Bichir primarily hunts by smell. Thier external nostrils protrude from the nose of the fish to enable this.
Bichirs do not have a swim bladder, but instead a pair of primitive lungs. This allows for it to periodically gulp air from the surface of the water. Within an aquarium setting, Bichirs can be observed speedily swimming to the surface for this very reason.
Provided their skin remains moist, they can remain out of the water for near indefinite periods of time.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Because of its size, this fish should be kept alone. Due to being of a moderately aggressive temperament, they can be problematic when kept with smaller size fish, and may nip at their fins or even eat them.
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.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Size||Up to 75 cm|
|Water Parameters||Neutral water conditions preferred|