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Polypterus ornatipinnis
Ornate bichir
Boulenger, 1902

Polypterus ornatipinnis - Ornate bichir - The ornate bichir is a widely distributed African carnivore
The ornate bichir is a widely distributed African carnivore
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(Other members of the genus Polypterus)

ADULT SIZE: 25 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-28 C

FOOD: Feed Polypterus ornatipinnis live foods and small fish

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Angola, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Lake Tanganyika

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AQUARIUM CARE: The ornate bichir is an aggressive predator that can grow longer than half a metre (though usually less in captivity) and requires nourishing meat and live foods, such as shrimp, small fish, mussels etc. It does well in a larger tank, in subdued light. They can be kept with smaller fish if well fed, but similar sized species are more appropriate. This fish has a wide distribution in Africa, even venturing into lake Tanganyika, so it clearly enjoys a wide range of water conditions, from the soft acidic swamp water of the Congo, to the hard 'liquid rock' water of the great lakes.

BREEDING: This species has been bred in captivity, though not often. Males initiate spawning, and wrap their bodies around the female.

Have you bred Polypterus ornatipinnis? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Polypterus ornatipinnis breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Feed a varied diet Flake food is an excellent nutritionally balanced food for tropical fish, but all species relish a varied diet. Where appropriate, try feeding commercially bought frozen livefoods, very small pieces of shellfish (mussel, prawn etc) or culture your own Daphnia, brine shrimp, or worms. See more about foods and feeding here


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