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
I love this fish!
These fish are wonderful! I bought two of these from Petsmart eight years ago, and they are still healthy and thriving! Both of them have such great personalities and will not hesitate to eat blood worms out of my hand! If you are prepared to eventually keep them in a larger tank, feed them the proper diet, and maintain good water quality, then I highly suggest getting some of these! They are my all-time favorite freshwater fish!
November 17, 2013
don't put this fish in cloudy water it will be on the top for a few days then DIE
July 26, 2013