Also known as a ‘Dinosaur Eel,’ it can add an adventure to your aquarium. These fish look like prehistoric dragons with a slight variance in size and color pattern. They generally live a long time and get along with any fish that cannot fit into their mouth. They make an excellent addition to a large fish tank. They are easy to care for and feed.
The dilemma in purchasing odd, large fish is that they are usually available in smaller sizes and need to grow with the tank. Best to match them with appropriate sizes of other species. For instance, match a five inch bichir to medium size cichlids. Or, match a foot long bichir to larger fish. Medium size is 4” to 6”, large size is 12” or more.
- Scientific name: Polypterus senegalus
- Origin: West Africa
- Lifespan: 12 years
- Max size: 14 inches
- Food: Flake, live feeders, frozen, pellets
- Shipping Size: Approx. 3 to 4 inches