Barred Bichir (Polypterus delhezi)

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Barred Bichir

Armoured Bichir

Polypterus delhezi

208 Litres (55 US G.)

25.4-35.6cm (10-14 ")




6.0 - 7.5

26 -28 °C (78.8-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Armoured Bichir, Banded Bichir, Barred Bichir

Additional scientific names

Polypterus ansorgei delhezi

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have a large pocket-like anal fin and are smaller then females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

These fish can be kept with similar-sized or larger fish in a large aquarium. Anything small enough to fit in this Bichir's mouth will be eaten. Generally intolerant of their own species.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers a meaty diet of prawns/shrimp, mussels and bait fish.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once a day after lights out.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Must have a large spacious tank with a heavy secure lid as these fish are powerful jumpers. Live plants will tend to be torn up, wood and rock décor with hiding places are a must and they prefer a sandy substrate.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A large nocturnal predator that cannot be trusted with small, slow or not aggressive enough species that have to compete with food. Bad tank mates include plecos, small bottom feeders and eels.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated fish with a snake-like broad and flat head, the body is marbled with several dark bands across the back.

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