Classic Car Intelligence

Polypterus ornatipinnis(Ornate Polypterus)

Bichirs are large, predatory fish distinguished by their armoured bodies, numerous dorsal fins, and lobed pectoral and pelvic fins. They have a very ancient look about them, and can make interesting and rewarding pets.

A big species, but very attractive when small so quite widely sold. Juveniles are dark grey with numerous small white spots. Adults have a similar colouration but somewhat faded.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Because of its large size, this fish is best kept alone or with other large but peaceful species such as plecs and large gouramis.

Bichirs are predators and will take a wide variety of live foods including mealworms, river shrimp, and bloodworms. They will also accept dead foods such as frozen prawns, mussels, and lancefish.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Congo
Temperature 24-28C
Size Up to 60 cm
Water Parameters Neutral water conditions preferred
Water PH 7.0

Useful sources of information:

The Aqualog "Polypterus" book by Frank Schaefer is by far the most detailed book on species of bichir. To buy a copy of this book click here.


Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish in stock are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop
World of Water - Manchester Cheshire. WA15 7PJ View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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