My Bichirs

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Hi, hello guys, question : what type of bichir is this?
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fish total length is 8 cantimeters
Currently In a 10g tank
water temp is about 25-27c
using cheap hanging filter
water condition haven't check yet, I just use tap water with some anti chlorine or water conditioner I think.

p/s : forgot that I ordered this fish from my cousin 4 month ago, suddenly he just sent me them fish tday.
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fishaquatics.doomby.com/pages/bichirs-7.html


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AZ Steve replied the topic: What kind of bichir is this?

Its a Endlicheri Bichir also called Saddled bichir. Im gonba get one soon lol and was looking them up when I saw the post.
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pixelettesea replied the topic: What kind of bichir is this?

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thanks for the site. full of huge fish.

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the site, it says gray bichir can grow upto 70cm(27"). I thougt senegal is the smallest kind.

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a saddled bichir. they looks good with sandy substrate. like a grouchy desert monster that eats camel lol.
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They can grow bit but they take a long time

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They can grow bit but they take a long time

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pepetj replied the topic: What kind of bichir is this?

Polypterus endlicher endlicher, aka Red Saddled Bichir. First year to year and a half they grow quite fast, after that, its growth slows down but keeps going until it gets around 6 years old. I keep a shoal of 5, the male is actually close to 20"SL while the other 4 (all females) range from 13 to 16"SL, last time I managed to get a somewhat decent measurement of them (July 2013). Yours is a female (easy to tell from the anal fin).

All my specimens are wild caught and I feed them with healthy live fish (no feeder fish). I use mostly pond raised barbs (Tiger and Rose) and when I can't get them I go with good sized Platys, Swordtails, Guppies or Mollies. During their fast growing period I fed them once a week. Now that the male is 4 years old and the females are close to 3, I feed them twice a month or every three weeks. They don't eat too much frequently in nature, when they eat they do eat a lot and then spend some days quite lethargic in the bottom or over a driftwood, which is perfectly normal behavior, as far as I know.

They can be trained to eat processed food. I trained mine to eat floating pellets for big fish as well as dried Krill for ease of keeping while I kept them in my office. Since I moved them home I switched to live food again. For training them I used fresh sliced Tilapia lean meat and moved from there to pellets. It took a while but they eventually learn.

Most info I got on how to keep them when I decided I was ready to commit to keep them, I received from a then 14 year old kid from Taiwan that I met at the monster fish keepers web site. There is some pictorial and general info regarding Bichir species identification in that site.

They tolerate plants quite well so they're an interesting ancient fish to keep in a nice looking planted tank, just not the most active and they are for the most part more active at night time. I keep mine in a species only tank, wouldn't dare to add fish as tank mates as they would likely end as food and other big fish may harm them easily as they are quite short sighted.

Their slow growth rate allows for time to upgrade to bigger tank. I got mine at less than 6" and they've been in a 4 footer ever since. I'm in the process of purchasing a 6 footer for them.

Good luck with your beautiful endli!

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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:What kind of bichir is this?

Wow that's a lot of great info for pixelettesea. Good job. They sound very interesting.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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can we see some pictures ?

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