Very picky once they get older
These fish are great... While there young. The will eat only snails, comets, ghost shrimp and rosy reds once they exceed 15 inches other than that they are great
October 3, 2014
STOP CALLING THEM DINOSAUR BICHIRS!!!
Everywhere else that's a reputable fish retailer calls them by their real name Senegal bichir or Polypterus senegalus. Only Petsmart invented the name Dinosaur Bichir. /endrant
Great fish, love my three to death. the attached picture are two of the three I bought at petsmart. Started at 2 inches, the largest in the image is a foot, purchase widely, they WILL outgrow the tank they are put in.
September 25, 2014
this is NOT an eel
These are actually called the Senegal Bichir. They are not an eel. They are also not easy to care for and require a high protein MEAT diet.
Definitely not for the beginner, and when they do get big enough will eat smaller fish. I have had several over the years.
June 7, 2014
Best. Fish. Ever.
I LOVE my senegal bichir. These guys are predatory, but peaceful, and VERY hardy.
They have terrible eyesight and are nocturnal hunters, but they have antennae on their noses that are sharp.
You can teach these guys to eat anything. Mine was never a picky eater and eats everything: Spectrum pellets, brine shrimp, blood worms, guppies, flake food, krill, tilapia chunks...
He actually loves my pleco's algae wafers so much that I have to put in two extras otherwise the pleco goes without.
These guys grow fast! When I first bought him in June, he was 2.5" long and 1/4" around, and he was kept comfortably in a 10 gallon tank for two months. Now he's 6" long and 1" thick and resides in my 75 gallon. These guys can get up to 18", but I wouldn't expect to see yours get to more than 12" - 15", since they don't tend to get as large in captivity.
February 7, 2014