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RLHam3 11-07-2008 03:20 PM

feeding bichir
hey i just got a senegal bichir and its with some african cichlids right now. the cichlids eat all of the food before it has a chance. i'm concerned how to feed it and was wondering if anybody had any suggestions?

KarlS 11-14-2008 10:41 AM

i've been having somewhat of the same problem.. What i do is shove blood wok cubes 1/2 way into the sand and he ususaly gets to it wihtout to much problems. An alternative I;ve been thinking about is loading my tank with about 12-20 shrimp and that way he can hunt them..

okiemavis 11-15-2008 08:16 PM

What sort of African tank is this? What are the water parameters? To be honest, if it's a high ph tank, I wouldn't keep the birchir in there, as they are low ph, soft water fish. They're also nocturnal predators, and will always be out competed for food.

Raynebowfish 12-08-2008 03:30 PM

Bichirs, AKA polypterus do fine in all Ph's. As far as the feeding goes, feed the cichlids, wait a bit, turn out the lights and then throw some in for your poly. If you put his food in the same place, he'll know where to go. Or, another idea, feed the cichlids, and then put some food in the opposite side of the tank.
Are you feeding floating or sinking foods? Hope this helps

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