Marbled Bichir (Polypterus polli)


The Marbled Bichir, Polypterus polli, is found in shallow, slow moving waters in Central Africa. Once thought to be a subspecies of P. palmas, it is now considered to be a distinct species. It is a smaller growing Bichir, only reaching 12-13″ as adults and is less predatory than some of their larger-mouthed relatives. The Marbled Bichir is one of several so-called “upper jaw” group of Polypterus, so named because their upper lip extends over the 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.



Marbled Bichir (Polypterus polli)

Origin: Wild Central Africa
Locale: Congo
Diet: Predator, will accept frozen and sinking foods
Adult Size: 12″
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

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