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peterman 04-13-2009 06:52 AM

Dinosaur Bichir
Hi I was wondering what do dinosaur bichirs eat?? Will they eat flake and sinking pellet foods??

FishFreak95 04-14-2009 05:06 PM

From what I have read, they are carnivores and you should feed them meaty food like earthworms. Try researching a bit more. I'd love to see some pictures.
Did you buy it online? If you did what website?

peterman 04-16-2009 08:16 AM

I didnt buy one yet I was just asking around bcuz I dont like feeding my fish meaty foods. is what it looks like full grown though.

Cody 04-16-2009 04:49 PM

They are carnivoires and need to be fed frozen or live food. They will take meaty pellets, but should not be fed that 100% of the time. Not even 50% of the time IMO.

You can use Frozen/Live Bloodworms, Blackworms, etc, or live feeder fish.

If you don't like feeding frozen and live, then don't get a bichir.

peterman 04-17-2009 09:19 AM

ok thanx

iamntbatman 04-22-2009 02:55 PM

Well, if you *can* get them eating a carnivore pellet, then by all means do so. However, these are predatory fish and there's no guarantee of success in training them to eat prepared foods. Odds are, they'll need a diet of frozen and live.

Laurenbee 08-30-2009 02:50 AM

I have never heard of anyone getting them to eat flake foods. It is best to allow variety to a bichirs diet, and to allow them to satisfy there predatory side. My Birchirs always seem to be happiest when on the hunt. I will drop five to seven dozen ghost shrimp in the tank and watch them for hours. One is albino, and I have found it is important to keep the food source plentiful. She can not see at all, and has a much harder time getting lunch than the other one in my tank. I also feed them live worms, feeder fish, and brine shrimp from time to time, and they do well with this diet... though it seems that they are spoiled to the shrimp.

They eat as much as you let them. I am going to have to start ordering them by the case, and keeping the ghost shrimp in a 20 gallon tank. You can get them for about 4 cents a piece that way. Now I pay about 12 cents per shrimp.

yippee 09-02-2009 01:42 AM

I actually had one that would eat flake. He actually seemed to love it.

The one i had never reached full size. Unfortunately i lost it while transitioning tanks :-(.

Has anybody else had one that got full size? I have been wanting to get one again but I'm afraid he'd eat the fish i had hoped to keep it with.

xrayjeeper83 09-06-2009 08:43 PM

Mine I just got yesterday seems to love cichlid pellets, though I am going to throw some shrimp or maybe a worm in there

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