Acquired: Fish / pet store
Florida, United States
Posted Nov 12, 2009
Perhaps I've been fortunate enough to never own an aggressive bichir. I've owned 3.
The first was a big, old male. He was pretty lazy, and would come over and nuzzle the tank if I pressed my hand to it, and just ate his pellets, never minding any of the other fish in the tank- big or small.
I now currently have a juvinile pair (male and female), and they're adorable together! Granted, for the longest time, they ate livebearers, they didn't bother any small fish that weren't livebearers. They spend their days cuddled up together, and come dinner time, they both rush over to where I'm standing, eagerly awaiting their pellets. I actually trained one of them to eat out of my hand.
However, I believe you can't keep two males together unless the tank is of good size, and even a single adult will need a decent sized tank (I would say 45 gallon for a smaller adult, floor space is more important than depth).
These are very unique-looking, personable fish, that are very hardy, and relatively easy to care for.