Lake Turkana Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)


The Senegal, or Common Bichir is the most widespread species of Polypterus in Africa, inhabiting shallow waters across a huge geographic area. This species is also the most common in the aquarium hobby and has been commercially bred in Asia for years. Wild specimens from the remote Lake Turkana in Kenya are incredibly rare and sought after in the hobby, and are known for reaching a much larger adult size than any other population of P. senegalus. Specimens exceeding 20-22″ have been documented from the lake.



Lake Turkana Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)

Origin: Wild Africa
Locale: Lake Turkana, Kenya
Diet: Predator, will accept frozen and sinking foods
Adult Size: 20″
Recommended Tank Size: 125 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