Above: In the picture is a nice premium quality Ornate Bichir, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are fabulous looking fish with unique characteristics and distinct markings.
Origin: Bichirs are found in West Africa and were usually wild fish, but now they are being spawned and raised by skillful fish farmers, and are found living in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums this Bichir can grow to be about 24" long, and sometimes larger if fed properly and if the water quality is good.
Behaviors: Bichirs are usually semi-aggressive fish that will often eat small fish.
Compatibility: Some recommended tankmates include any fish that are too big to be eaten by the Bichir.
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Temperature: Bichirs live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food to feed to Bichirs. Smaller sized pellets when young, and larger sized pellets when bigger.
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Water Conditions: They are used to hard alkaline water but can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
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Aquarium Size: small young Bichirs will do fine in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water, but eventually they'll need a much bigger aquarium.
Bigger is always better with Bichirs.
Decor: Bichirs do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
A 30-galloon aquarium should be filtered with a Penguin 350B Filter.
Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of a minimal set up for larger Bichirs.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: Bichirs can live for many years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they will probably live even longer.
Gender: The male's anal fin is usually thicker and larger than the female's.
Breeding: Bichirs are now being spawned and raised by very skillful fish farmers.
Bichirs scatter their eggs on the leaves of plants then guard their eggs and young fry.
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Popularity: These fish are still rare but popular with advanced aquarists.
Names: The scientific name for the Ornate Bichir is Polypterus ornatipinnis.
Variations: There are several species of Bichirs in the wild and in the aquarium hobby.
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We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrTom - 08/17/2015
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
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All of our fish are Premium Quality Fish from the best suppliers in the world. Our fish have better health, more energy and brighter colors, as you can see in our pictures on this website.
We also offer lots and lots of information about keeping pet fish, all from the knowledge of the Bailey Brothers, who have a combined total of 100+ years of experience as breeders, wholesalers, and retailers of pet fish!
Our fish and our customers are treated with the best of care, and we work energetically everyday to make sure every customer enjoys their new fishy friends.
When you purchase pet fish from us, you know you're receiving premium quality fish and premium quality service.
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"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
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The Product Manager has been with the company for more than 35-years.
So we feel very confident that this is the fishiest crew anywhere.