. Polypterus Delhezi - Barred Birchir
Community with caution.
The Polypterus are realtively peaceful fish with the right tank mates, but as well as needing a big tank they also have big appetites so we would not adivse housing them with tank mates that are small enough to fit in their mouth. Plenty of hiding spaces should be provided along with a smooth substrate and a secure tank cover as they are know to escape if given the chance.
The fish you will receive is approximately 8-10cm
Adult Length: 35cm
Temperature Range 24-30 C
pH Range: 6.0 - 8.0
Special Requirements: A large tank with plenty of floor space.
Tanks Mates: Should be kept with other Polypterus species and similar tankmates such as Knife Fish & Synadontis. Smaller tank mates should be avoided as they will be seen as lunch!
Feeding: . They are carnivorous and enjoy meaty foods including prawns, white fish, frozen or fresh tubifex, bloodworm etc.