Breaching for air

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I've been reading uo on bichirs just to further my knowledge of them. I came across an article that said if they cant breach they will die!?! I was aware that they COULD and would do this if the water had a low O2 lvl. But do they NEED to be able to do this?? Mine can so thats not the issue. I just wanna know if there is any truth to the fact that they MUST breach to live.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Breaching for air

If you don't provide at least a 1" clearance for smaller bichirs (with larger ones requiring 2-3") between the aquarium tops and the water line, they will end up jumping out trying to breach. I've seen them do this even with adequate aeration. This is due to them having real lungs compared to fish. Lungfish have real lungs too, and will die if prevented from breaching.

A dissection of a bichir, showing the lungs

hummingdinosaur.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-ancient-fish-dragons-of-africa/
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AZ Steve replied the topic: Breaching for air

Thanks Rock. That was a great article. Zephyer is still in larvel stage it would seem as he still has the external gills. I've got a couple inches clearance for them now. I've seen both just floating at the surface. Breathing lol.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Breaching for air

Yeah, I've seen that too, and thought the bichirs were dead :lol:
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Rocksor wrote: Yeah, I've seen that too, and thought the bichirs were dead :lol:

Yeah thats what I thought at first. Of course he swam right away when I touched him lol
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mishka replied the topic: Breaching for air

This is pretty useful information, even though I don't own a Bichir nor do I plan on it, it's just good stuff to know, never knew that about Bichirs.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: Re:Breaching for air

Nice article rock


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