Saddled Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri) 3-5 inch

Saddled Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri) 3-5 inch

$54.99 Regular Price
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Classification

Polypteridae

Distribution

 

A widespread species, it has been recorded in Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Chad, The Ivory Coast, Mali, Sudan, Benin and the Central African Republic. It inhabits rivers and marshy areas and is occasionally found in brackish conditions, particularly in areas of mangrove.

Habitat

 

A widespread species, it has been recorded in Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Chad, The Ivory Coast, Mali, Sudan, Benin and the Central African Republic. It inhabits rivers and marshy areas and is occasionally found in brackish conditions, particularly in areas of mangrove.

Maximum Standard Length

 

30″ (75cm). However this is rarely achieved in captivity.

Aquarium SizeTOP ↑

 

84″ x 48″ x 36″ (210x120x90cm) – 2300 litres for a fully grown adult specimen. Juveniles can be grown on in smaller tanks.

Maintenance

 

Floor space is more important than depth with this species. A soft substrate with pieces of driftwood and smooth rocks arranged to form hiding places is ideal. Plants are not essential. The aquarium should have a tight-fitting cover as it is an excellent escape artist.

Water Conditions

Temperature: 72-82°F (22-27°C)

pH: 6.0-8.0

Hardness: 5-25°H

Diet

 

P. endlicheri endlicheri is carnivorous by nature and will not usually accept dried foods in aquaria, though some specimens have been known to take pelleted varieties. The most suitable options are meaty live or frozen foods such as prawns, earthworms, mussel, lancefish etc.

Behaviour and CompatibilityTOP ↑

 

Not to be trusted with tankmates it can fit in its mouth but is relatively peaceful otherwise. Suitable tankmates include other Arowana, Synodontis, Datnoides, Knife Fish, large characins and some cichlids.

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