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post #1 of 17 Old 10-09-2007, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well my BGK died for no reason i supose. i checked the water and everything was ok.
Well i went to the local fish store i got him from and almost got another (not the stores fault i had him for 2-3months) but instead i decided to go with a dinosaur bichir as i had heard that most people enjoy them more. He is about 3-4 inches and i am worried that my BGK might have been starved to death by my 4 pictis catfish and my silver dollar school. I was wondering if this sized bichir would eat ghost shrimp or do i need to feed it in special places as the silver dollars eat all the frozen foods they can get.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-09-2007, 01:46 PM
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your dinasaur birchir the correct name usually is a senagal birchir, or (polypterus seneagallus or maybe polypterus palmas if your pet shop got it wrong) may have trouble getting the freeze dried food, i know the ones i feed will get it off the bottom if they can find it, but most of the time i have to physically place it near them or else the other fish will eat it all. You can also try faster sinking protien pellet foods as senagallis will eat this awswell, if worst comes to worst, grab a pair of goupies from your lfs and start your own birchir food farm.
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when i had mine he ate frozen foods and feeders
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well no i dont remeber the scientific name but im pretty sure it had dino thats y i guessed dinosaur bichir. i aslo have ghost shrimp in the tank for the knife fish i have kept in it and the catfish i have at present. i no longer have shrimp pellets as i fed them toa tinfoil barb i no longer have do to finding it another hime. would it possibly eat cichlid pellets or is this to much vegitation in them??
my first bichir. sry for all the questions its just bottom preditors (besides catfish) just either get to big or dont last. :(

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well no i dont remeber the scientific name but im pretty sure it had dino thats y i guessed dinosaur bichir.
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would it possibly eat cichlid pellets or is this to much vegitation in them??
It'll be fine but it needs foods containing lots of proteins as it's carnivorous.

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well no i dont remeber the scientific name but im pretty sure it had dino thats y i guessed dinosaur bichir.
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would it possibly eat cichlid pellets or is this to much vegitation in them??
It'll be fine but it needs foods containing lots of proteins as it's carnivorous.
I would agree with lupin here, polypterus senegalus, or as i said possibly palmas. and i would get the sinking carnivore pellets, this will benifit all the preditors in your tank.
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I've also seen polypterus ornatipinnis named dino bichirs but not as much as the sene.

As for feeding i feed mine; tilapia, chopped prawns, red/blood/black/earth worms, krill, squid, hikari cichlid gold sinking pellets.
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If it came from Petsmart, it's a senagalus. Incidentally, insofar as there is a correct common name for this beastie, it's Cuvier's Bichir. However, Senegal or Gray Bichir is also correct, and, as has been pointed out, dinosaur eel is correct but more ambiguous than any of the others.

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post #9 of 17 Old 10-10-2007, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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ok well it would appear u guys are right but at 3 -3.5 inches is this big enough to eat ghost shrimp thx for all the help so far

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post #10 of 17 Old 10-10-2007, 01:49 PM
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just be careful with 2 tophat, as they grow bigger they will not like eachothers company as much. and if the ghost shrimp is small enough to fit in his mouth, that may be the answer to your question :P
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