Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Mar 09, 2014
The petstore sold my two senegal bichirs to me under the name dino-eel probably because of their primitive appearance but they are actually a carnivorous fish more than an eel. They were quite easy to care for as long as they got plenty of food and the water stayed clean. I never had any problems with escapes but apparently they are known for this. Sometimes they would lay motionless like a stick for long periods of time and allow prey to swim right under their nose before striking. Other times they would flutter around the tank searching for anything with a scent. One started to get bigger than the other and I wasn't sure if this was a dominant feeding thing or gender related. Regardless, it started nipping and finning at the smaller one when it would swim by. They stayed together and when I moved I gave them to a good home with experienced fish owners. They were a very pleasureable, if not a bit ugly pair to watch, especially in the evening and would eat just about anything that was small and alive. They also liked frozen bloodworm cubes and would shake them like they were live prey!