Gray Bichir - Polypterus senegalus senegalus Polypterus senegalus senegalus
Gray Bichir


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Gray Bichir - Polypterus senegalus senegalus

Species name: Polypterus senegalus senegalus

Synonym: Polypterus bichir; Polypterus senegallus; Polypterus lapradei; Polypterus arnaudi; Polypterus senegalensis; Polypterus delhezi

Common Names: Gray bichir

Family: Polypteriade (Bichirs)

Order: Polypteriformes (bichirs)

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Max. size: 50.5 cm / 12 to 20 inches, usually smaller.

Environment: Freshwaters

Origin: Widespread across tropical Africa


Company:Do not keep with fish that smaller then half the size of your Polypterus senegalus senegalus

Water parameters: temperature 25-28°C / 77-82°F; pH 6.0 – 8.0

Aquarium setup: Polypterus senegalus senegalus(Gray bichir) needs a minimum tank size of 30gallons. Decorate the tank with rocks and bogwood, as with all bichirs a sand substrate is recommended to prevent the fish from accidentally swallowing gravel when feeding.

Feeding: Live and frozen meaty foods of all kinds, fish are a favourite. Small specimens can be fed bloodworms until they have grown enough to take larger foods.

Breeding: Rare but possible, the fish are egg scatters and show no brood care.

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Gray Bichir - Polypterus senegalus senegalus