Ornate Bichir
  • Ornate Bichir

    The Ornate Bichir (Polypterus ornatipinnis) is a very popular bichir species among large ornamental fish enthusiasts, largely due to its black and gold coloration. This fish is very eel-like in appearance and is sometimes referred to as a "dinosaur eel," although it is not a true eel. It is an extremely hardy species that is very versatile. All bichirs posess a modified swim bladder that allows them to breathe atmospheric air and live in water that is very low in oxygen. In fact, they are often able to live out of water for extended periods of time as long as they remain moist. 
    Temperature:  77° - 82° F (25° - 28° C)
    pH:  6.2 - 7.8
    KH:  5 - 20 dKH
    Minimum tank size:  180 gallons