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Ornate Bichir 3"

RM 70.00




Species name:  Polypterus ornatipinnis

Common Names:  Ornate bichir

Family:  Polypteridae

Order:  Polypteriformes

Class:  Actinopterygii

Max. size:  60 cm / 25 inches

Environment:  Freshwater

Origin:  Congo River and Lake Tanganyika and Lake Rukwa. Africa

Temperament:  Peaceful

Company:  Other peaceful species that are to large to be considered food i.e. at least half the size if the bichirs.

Water parameters:  pH 6-8.0 Temperature 26 - 28°C / 77 - 83° F

Aquarium setup:  Ornate bichir in best kept in larger aquariums as they grow very fast and can reach 60 cm / 25 inches in leght. Decorated the aquarium so that a lot of higing places are created among roots and rocks. Avoid using plants as they most likely will be destroyed. They are a nocturnal fish species but are sometimes active during the day. Use a fine grained substrate.

Feeding:  All kinds if frozen foods. Some specimens can be trained to accept pellets.

Breeding: Can be breed in aquarium however breeding is very rare. Males have a large pocket like anal fin. Polypterus ornatipinnis scatter their eggs and leave their young to fend for them self.