Speckled Bichir

Speckled Bichir

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  • $79.99

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Scientific Name: Polypterus retropinnis

Family: Polypteridae

Origin: West Africa


Quick Facts

  • Care Level: Difficult
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years average, 30+ years possible
  • Water Conditions: 77-83° F, KH 1-12, pH 6.5-7.5
  • Maximum Size: 12" (1'6" - 2')
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons




Bichirs should be fed a variety of meaty foods including: different types of worms, shrimp, krill, and most will also readily accept frozen preparations, pellets and wafers. They can be fed feeder fish but there is a risk of parasites or disease being introduced to your tank so it is not usually recommended.