Common name: Ornate Bichir.
Scientific Name: Polypterus Ornatipinnis.
Max Size: 60cm
pH Range: 6.5 - 8.0
Temperature: 25 - 28°C
Temperament with same species: Semi-aggressive.
Temperament with other species: Semi-aggressive.
Tank Level: Lower Levels.
Lifespan: 20 years.
Aquarium Setup: An Aquarium with a medium to fine sand or gravel substrate. Some well rooted and tall over hanging plants work well, as Bichirs are mainly nocturnal and do not like any bright lighting. The base of the plants need to be protected by rockwork. Offer them multiple caves in the form of rockwork and driftwood for individual daylight hours hidding places.
Feeding: Bichirs are carnivorous so feed meaty type foods. Juvenile Bichir enjoy a varied diet of frozen foods, including bloodworms, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, etc. While as adult Bichir enjoy larger foods such as chopped shrimp, beef heart, earthworms, prawns, mussels and fish pieces. You may also feed a commercial dried food, such as Hikari sinking carnivore pellets, but these should be softened in some tank water before feeding to prevent the Bichir from devouring their meal to quickly and choking. It is also recommended that Bichir are best fed in the evening hours as they are most active at night.
Sexing: Males have a large pocket like anal fin which is thicker than the females.
Breeding: Breeding is difficult in an Aquarium, Bichir will scatter their eggs and leave their young to fend for themselves.
* Ornate Bichir * 160,000 KHR
Common Name Ornate Bichir Scientific Name Polypterus Ornatipinnis Origin
Max Size 60cm Community Safe Yes pH Range
6.5 - 8.0
Diet Type Carnivore Min Tank Size Medium - Large Temperature Range 25 - 28°C Care Level Intermediate