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Gilled African Lungfish (Protopterus amphibius)

$199.99$254.99

One of the rarest species of lungfish in the aquarium hobby, the African Gilled Lungfish originates in the freshwater streams and wetlands of East Africa. This species is the smallest of all the lungfish, growing to only 18-20″ in length, and is distinguished by the three external gills which it keeps into adulthood. These lungfish are extremely active and tolerant of a wide variety of water parameters. Like most of the African species in the genus Protopterus, they have powerful jaws and have a tendency to take bites out of tankmates – so they are best kept singly or with smaller, fast moving species like Congo Tetras or peaceful species of barbs. Although juvenile fish are primarily gray in color, rare photographs of adult specimens indicate they will develop a marbled pattern with heavy black spotting.These lungfish are enthusiastic feeders, and quickly learn to “beg” for food at the front of the tank – most will even hand feed.

The specimens we offer have been carefully quarantined for several weeks and are actively feeding on a variety of frozen and prepared foods, including pellets.

African Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus cf. vittatus)

$199.99$299.99

One of the largest and most fearsome predatory fish species found in Africa’s freshwater rivers and lakes, the African Tigerfish is a challenging fish to keep both due to its huge adult size and somewhat delicate temperament. They require clean, well-oxygenated water and will do best with moderate to high water flow. Recommended only for experienced fishkeepers with the largest home aquariums.

Spotted Congo Puffer (Tetraodon schoutedeni)

$199.99

One of the smallest and most peaceful of all freshwater puffers, the Spotted Congo or Schoutedeni Puffer is found in stretches of the middle Congo River in Central Africa. Once relatively common in the trade, unrest in its native habitat has made it rare, sought after, and difficult to find. In the wild, they mainly inhabit clear water areas with moderate to low current and will do best in an aquarium with similar conditions. Peaceful, hardy, and active, they will get along with most tankmates as long as they aren’t small enough to be considered a meal.

Marbled Bichir (Polypterus palmas polli)

$79.99

The Marbled Bichir, Polypterus palmas polli, is found in shallow, slow moving waters in Central and parts of Western Africa. It is a smaller growing species, only reaching 12-13″ as adults and is less predatory than some of their larger-mouthed relatives. This subspecies 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.

Ornate Bichir (Polypterus ornatipinnis)

$44.99$99.99

The Ornate Bichir is a distinctively marked, large growing species found throughout parts of the Congo River Basin and surrounding areas in Central and East Africa. This species is exported from the Congo but is also commercially bred in Asia for the aquarium trade. The largest of the “upper jaw” group of bichirs, they can reach an impressive 24″ in size as adults in the wild. In the aquarium, they have been popular for many years due to their eel-like body shape, predatory nature, and unique appearance. Like all bichirs, they are hardy fish, requiring a large tank due to their adult size but are otherwise undemanding.

Weeksii Bichir (Polypterus weeksii)

$69.99$99.99

The Weeksi or Mottled Bichir is found in Central Africa, where it inhabits shallow waters in areas of low to moderate current and plenty of cover. This species is one of several so-called “upper jaw” group of Polypterus, named because their upper lip protrudes 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.

Mokele-Mbembe Bichir (Polypterus mokolembembe)

$99.99$124.99

A rarely imported, medium-sized Bichir found in parts of the Congo River Basin in Central Africa, the Mokele Mbembe Bichir is one of the more recently described members of the genus (it had been previously misidentified as P. retropinnis). In the wild, it tends to inhabit acidic, blackwater creeks and rivers but is hardy and will adapt to a wide range of conditions in the aquarium. A member of the so-called “upper jaw” group of Bichirs due to the fact that their upper lip protrudes past the lower, like all Polypterus they require a tightly-covered aquarium as they will jump if given the chance.

Guinea Endlicheri Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri ‘Guinea’)

$99.99$149.99

The ‘Guinea’ Endlicheri Bichir is one of several distinctive geographical variants of the widespread Polypterus endlicheri which is found in various slow-moving shallow water habitats ins Guinea and possibly surrounding countries in West Africa. Like all Endlicheri or Saddled Bichir variants, it is a large growing species, reaching sizes of over 30″ in the wild and the form from Guinea is known as one of the largest, and most heavy bodied of the geographical variants and subspecies. Polypterus endlicheri is one of several so-called “lower jaw” group of Polypterus, so named for their distinctive heavy lower jaw that protrude over the upper lip. 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 palmas palmas)

$79.99$89.99

The rarest of the three known subspecies of Polypterus palmas, the Marbled Bichir (P. palmas palmas) is found throughout parts of Central and West Africa but its true range remains unknown due to many years of misidentification and confusion surrounding its close relatives. It can be distinguished from the similar looking P. palmas polli by an overall lighter pattern, spotted pectoral fins, and 7-9 dorsal fin rays. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding, and with a maximum size of around 14″ they are more manageable as adults than some of their larger relatives. Like all bichir specie they should be kept with a tight-fitting and possibly weighted lid as they will attempt to jump if spooked or at night.

Zaire Green Bichir (Polypterus retropinnis)

$74.99$89.99

A medium sized member of the so-called “upper jaw” complex of Polypterus, the Zaire Green Bichir is a relatively new species to the trade which after examination by scientists was determined to be the true P. retropinnis (while most specimens in the trade sold as P. retropinnis before this were actually the newly described species P. mokelembebe). Originating from moderate to fast-flowing waters in the Congo River basin in Central Africa, 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.

Peters Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)

$24.99$34.99

One of the most unusual of the Mormyrids (a family of weakly electric fish found primarily in Africa), Peter’s Elephant Nose is found throughout much of Western and Central Africa, where it inhabits slow moving, shallow waters usually over muddy or sandy substrate. Their namesake snout is used to root through substrate to find small prey items. In the aquarium, they can be a somewhat finicky eater at first, but will usually accept frozen bloodworms, mysis, and other similar foods. Ideally, these fish should be kept singly as more than one Elephant Nose in the same tank are likely to fight. They should also be kept with peaceful tankmates to avoid bullying or the fish being outcompeted for food.

Orange Congo Puffer (Tetraodon miurus ‘orange’)

$74.99$99.99

A unique true freshwater puffer found throughout much of Central Africa’s Congo River Basin, the Orange Miurus or Orange Congo Puffer is a uniquely adapted ambush predator best suited to a species-only aquarium. In the wild, they tend to inhabit fast-moving stretches of water with sandy substrate, where they bury themselves with only their upward-facing eyes and mouth visible. They wait in this position for potential prey items to swim overhead, and then dart upwards, using their sharp beak to tear into their prey (which can include much larger fish). In the aquarium, they will display this same behavior which is why tankmates, even larger fish, are not recommended. A relatively hardy fish, they do best in clean, neutral or slightly alkaline well-oxygenated water with some current. Most Congo Puffers are a tan or beige, but the much rarer orange variant is unmistakable and sought after in the hobby.

Lake Turkana Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)

$449.99

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.