Polypterus delhezi

Common Names: Bichir Delhezi
Tiger Bichir
Family: Polypterids
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Africa; Central basin of the Congo River
Main Ecosystem: Not Specified; Rocky area sandy bottem
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful with other fish that can not be eaten. When young can be cannibalistic.
Diet: Carnivore; This fish prefers the meaty type of foods like earthworms, crickets, market shrimp, live shrimp, live fish, and frozen foods. This fish can be trained to eat pellet foods but it might take some work. Tiger bichirs sometimes will starve them selfs when stressed. When you first get them you may need to feed them live and work your way to the pellets.
Care: Tiger bichirs can get large and will need room for them to turn around and swim. This fish will need a place to hide. Do not keep tiger bichirs in with small fish because they will eat them. This fish is a predator when you add new fish they will need to be watched.
6 - 8
25°C - 30°C
77°F - 86°F
Potential Size: Male: 35.6cm (14")
Female: 35.6cm (14")
Water Region: Bottom; Tend to stay near the bottem but will explore other regions
Activity: NonSpecific; Active both day and night
Gender: Males being considered to have broader anal fins, but this does not always turn out to become proof positive.
Breeding: Not much is known about Tiger bichirs. Tiger bichirs tend to be much harder to breed them most bichirs.
Variants: None
Comments: This species of bichir is common in the fishkeeping hobby. Tiger bichirs are sometimes confused with Saddled Bichirs, Polypterus endlicheri.
Main Colours: Black, Grey, White
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Not Specified
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