Delhezi Bichir (Polypterus delhezi)


A medium sized member of the so-called “upper jaw” complex of Polypterus, the Delhezi or Armored Bichir is found throughout much of the Congo River Basin in Central Africa. With their heavy body, prehistoric appearance, and striking banded pattern, this species is popular in the hobby and is now being bred commercially in Southeast Asia. Like most Bichir species, they are hardy and undemanding like but should be kept with a tight-fitting and possibly weighted lid as they will attempt to jump if spooked or at night

Note on Origin: Small and Medium sized Delhezi Bichirs in most cases are aquacultured in Asia while larger sizes are wild collected from Central Africa.


Delhezi Bichir (Polypterus delhezi)

Origin: Wild Africa/Aquacultured Asia
Locale: Congo River Basin
Diet: Predator, will accept frozen and sinking foods
Adult Size: 14″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallon
Compatibility: Predatory, but generally not aggressive towards tankmates too big to be considered a meal. Should not be kept with overly aggressive fish which may nip at their fins.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.0  – 7.6
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm