Acquired: Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Illinois, United States
Posted Apr 16, 2012
The bichir is unique species of fish that is often the
subject of the affection of those aquarists who like oddball fish. Bichirs are
long, with small fins, and are sometimes mistakenly called eels. Bichirs should
never have tank mates that can fit in their rather-large mouths, and once full
grown can be territorial and sometimes belligerent. They should have plenty of
hiding places near the bottom of the aquarium and, ideally, a soft substrate in
which they can burrow.
The Senegal Bichir, also known as Gray, Cuvier’s, or Dinosaur
Bichir, can reach up to 14 inches long. Bichir are nocturnal, and so will
rarely be seen out during the daytime hours. They generally adapt to PH and can
be forgiving to changes in temperature or chemical levels, but sensitive to
heavy metals in the water.