Guinean Bichir (Polypterus ansorgii)

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An exceptionally rare, large growing Polypterus found in the waters of Guinea and possibly Guinea-Bisseau, the Guinean Bichir is distinguished by irregular dark markings, a tall dorsal fin, and 12-15 dorsal finlets extending to the rear of the pectoral fins. In most specimens, the upper and lower jaw are of equal length, although very large adults may have a slightly protruding lower jaw. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding like most bichir species, but should be kept with a tight-fitting and possibly weighted lid as they will attempt to jump if spooked or at night. Due to their very large adult size they require an enormous aquarium or indoor pond when full grown.

*Medium sized specimens offered for sale are tank raised *

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Description

Guinean Bichir (Polypterus ansorgii)

Origin: Wild Africa
Locale: Guinea
Diet: Predator, will accept frozen and sinking foods
Adult Size: 30″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 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

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.