Species group: Bichirs/Reedfish
Other common names: Endlicheri Bichir
Scientific name: Polypterus endlicheri
The Saddled Bichir is native to Nigeria, Lake Chad, and the White Nile. This large bottom-dweller species inhabits swamps and rivers and feeds on snails and crustaceans.
Polypterus endlicheri is sometimes confused with the Armored Bichir, Polypterus delhezi, but it usually has more irregular markings. Its body is grey with dark markings over the back and along the sides. It has a flat head.
The Saddled Bichir is a bottom dweller that is not particularly aggressive but will prey on smaller tank mates.
The Saddled Bichir is a large fish and requires at least a 150 gallon tank. Provide cover in the form of plants and rocks. plenty of meaty foods such as fish and other meats (beef heart, chicken livers), as well as invertebrates.
excellent escape artist, ratherlarge mouths, tightfitting cover
soft substrate, nocturnal species, poor vision
Watch your pH level!
pH can be quite stable or fluctuate, depending on the carbonate level in the water. It is quite possible for the pH to suddenly drop due to a build-up of natural acids in the water. This decreases carbonates, allowing the pH to suddenly crash. The only way to know the pH is to test it..
From James 7 days ago