Is a bichir an eel?

Bichirs have long eel-like bodies that will add a peculiar appearance to your tank. They are very popular in the aquarium trade for their truly unique look and their bright coloration. You can even get albino variations, with bright red eyes and completely white skin.

Can bichir live with eel?

The only bichirs I’d safely add with eels (not less than 2/3 of the total length of the bichir) is Polypterus senegalus and possibly P. delhezi. Anything else will make a fair game on your eels.

How big do bichir eels get?

The average bichir fish size is between 1-2.5 feet in length.

What size tank does a bichir need?

Minimum aquarium size should be 29 gallons, but preferably 55 gallons or more. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish. These fish prefer fine gravel or sand substrate on the bottom of the aquarium, as eels often burrow into the sand.

Do bichirs grow fast?

I’ve heard hikari sinking carnivore pellets will make bichirs grow . 25 inches per week.

Do bichirs jump?

Bichirs are very good jumpers and they love doing so. This is queer since Bichirs spend 99% of their time resting at the bottom. Suddenly, the P weeksii contracted its body and jumped out of the water and through the 1-inch diameter hole!

What is the most aggressive bichir?

Bichirs show moderately high aggression towards small fish and other bichir fish of their own species. The ornate bichir is considered to be the most aggressive in this Polypteridae family.

Can a peacock eel live with bichir?

The peacock eel is a perfect mix between a bichir and a loach and can get along with most large tropical fish. However, they are not much harder to keep than most other tropical fish and can make a very interesting addition to the planted aquarium!

Are bichirs aggressive?

Behavior: Bottom-feeders; moderately aggressive, but relatively peaceful with larger tankmates; nocturnal predator; territorial and aggressive towards other Bichirs of the same species; may escape from aquarium, lid highly recommended.

Do Oscars eat Bichirs?

Oscar. While nowhere near as large as Peacock Bass, Oscars are still large predators so be careful when keeping them with smaller Bichirs.

Do Bichirs jump?

What makes an endlicheri Bichir different from other bichirs?

One different feature of the endlicheri bichir is their protruding lower jaw. It’s not very prominent but it’s definitely noticeable when you take a close look. The delhezi bichir has the typical shape and size of other bichirs.

What are the different types of Bichirs in an aquarium?

There are a few popular types of bichirs that you’ll see in aquariums all over the world. Each type has a different color and many times will have a body length that’s not shared by other bichirs. The dinosaur bichir (aka Senegal bichir) is one of the most popular types you can find.

How does the armoured bichir fish get its food?

Apparently, the fry are not particularly mobile, so care should be exercised to ensure they are well fed. An incredibly hardy, nocturnal species with very poor vision, P. delhezi relies on its excellent sense of smell to locate food. This species, along with others of its genus, is one of the last surviving relatives of very ancient species.

What kind of gills does a delhezi Bichir have?

With a lung-like paired swim bladder and gills to help breathing, the Delhezi Bichir can spend short periods of time on land, but must soon return to its water environment for adequate respiration.