Cross River Bichir


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Description

Polypterus teugelsi is a mid-sized bichir from the Cross River in Nigeria. This particular species reaches a maximum length of around 16". They have large, ornate fins for a bichir, and a reticulated chocolate and gold body pattern. Bichirs are also sometimes known as dragon eels or dinosaur eels, but they're not closely related to true eels. These ancient air-breathing fish have existed almost completely unchanged since long before dinosaurs walked the Earth. Bichirs can also walk on land for a short period of time, to migrate to different bodies of water (Although we don't recommend taking your bichir for a walk!). While they can and will eat fish that will fit in their mouths, they are very peaceful with tankmates too large to make a meal out of. Bichirs relish any meaty foods such as sinking pellets or frozen foods. Make sure you have a tight lid with no gaps, as bichirs are very good at escaping tanks! Packing tape works well for covering gaps where cords or filters exit the tank.

These are juveniles, around 2.5" long.

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