Platinum Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus ‘platinum’)


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. Like all so-called ‘platinum’ morphs, it is leucistic, exhibiting only white pigment but with black eyes. This extremely rare and prized fish is a truly impressive showpiece specimen for the true collector.



Platinum Sengal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus ‘platinum’)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
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