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Moved as it was posted in wrong section.:wink2:

Dinosaur Bichir
Also known as Ornate Bichir. Scientific name is Polypterus ornatipinnis.
Bichirs will grow at 30-45 cm so be prepared for a large tank. Yes, they are predatory and will eat even your mollies. They are best kept with fish large enough not to be eaten. Arowanas and spiny eels make good tankmates for bichirs.:wink2:
 

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I have a Ornate they are very fascinating fish. They are, well mine is a piccy eater. But a mollie would be ridht up his street.
 

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Dlil, you seem to type carelessly.:mrgreen:
Could be "rid" rather than "ridht" or Kate will only laugh at you after "Spinlter".:mrgreen:

My father used to have 2 Senegal's bicher or Polypterus senegalensis.Maybe different species but they're still the same.:mrgreen: Weird though. His bichirs never ate neons and convicts.:dunno: For all I know, my father kept incompatible species 12 years ago.:blink:
 

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dlil said:
Neither, It should be right. :oops: Ornate are also very quick growers.
My father's bichirs are almost 40 cm in length.:blink: Let's see what fish I can remember he put them with.
Neons, convicts, rainbow shark and arowana.
I wonder how the neons survived considering his tank was barely decorated.:dunno:

That's ok with errors, dlil. We commit a lot of mistakes..lol..:mrgreen:
 

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Do not put me in your boat with this "we" stuff :lol: . They can be taught to hand feed as well.
 

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dlil said:
Do not put me in your boat with this "we" stuff :lol: . They can be taught to hand feed as well.
Dlil! You're watching even my grammar, I take it.:squint:
Hand feed? Nah. The only way you handfeed them is with long tongs if your tank is quite deep.:crazy:
 

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caferacermike said:
Never mind. I read this in SW but then again I see it in FW.

Wahaha..:bluelaugh:
You're the only person I see who doesn't understand how the forum is operated.:bluelaugh:

I moved it from saltwater to freshwater, of course.:wink2: Because bichirs are freshwater.:tongue:

Answer the pm, Mike.:devil:
 

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caferacermike said:
Aw but generally moving it erases it entirely from the wrong topic area.....gotcha.
Nope. That's a shadow thread. It will redirect you to where it was moved.

You haven't answered my question in pm yet, Mike.:devil:
 

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I have a smaller ornate and hes awesome. very cool fish that has gotten more active the longer ive had it. It has the biggest max size of all the bichirs i own so hopefully it wont be a problem when he starts getting to max range.
 

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I have one and she's a blast to watch swim around and everything, but she's not aggressive at all. Mine is still small, but even when putting in smaller fish, she doesn't try to eat them at all.
 

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help with my dinosaur bichir

We just recently setup a 125 gallon tank. It was orginally supposed to be for semi aggressive fish. Well mostly fresh water sharks. But seems to be that's not happening. Since I've heard Silver tips are brackish water fish. But we do have balas and there doing awesome.
We just bought a dinosaur Bichir. I think if I would of known they get that big, I probably wouldn't of gotten one. But there pretty awesome looking. Is there anything else I can feed him rather than live fish.? He's not eating flake food of course, or the blood worms. Shrimp pellets either for that matter. But he's only been in the tank now I say about 2 or 3 days. So I really haven't been watching his every move. He's not very big still a baby. Good inch or 2. Some times hes like up at the top kinda like jus chillin there for a good couple of minutes, is that normal? I mean he's not doing the dead fish float if you know what Im saying? I really didn't want to have to get into feeding my fish other fish. I have a school of tiger barbs and a few gourami's and a couple cat fish. I love the cat fish.
 

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bichir

i had one for about a yr b4 i moved and decided to get rid of it. i gotta say he was my favorite he was about 9 inches long 3 round. at that time he ate large comets so i would say he or she could eat molly's

good side regardless of what fish was in with him he stayed to himself, good temperment. as long as its bigger than him 8)
 

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They only have to eat evry couple of days, not ever day. i have 3 in a Jaguar cichlid tank and thre 10'', 13'' nd one right at 15''. The main thing and I'll say this again " The main thing with them is to make sure your top on your tank. Fits very very and again very good. LOL They can and do get out of the tank. They have a extra lung where they can breath air. They can stay out of water for up to 4 hrs. When I frist got mine One of them keep disapearing. i found it not once but twice in a 10g tank below the 125g there in. Then once I lost one and looked for over a hr. before I went to bed, I got woke up by my cat hissing at something. I went to see what it was hissing at and there was my 6'' ornate on the kitchen floor clawing it's way to the living room.
I have sents replaced the top on the tank and taped up any opening more then 1/2'' in size cause they will escape!!
 

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I have a question, I heard from my uncle that if you put a youn large fish in a smaller tank that it would not grow to full size. Is this true? I really want to adopt a Dinosaur Bichir after seeing them at petsmart. They are really small there, like maybe 4 inches. I was seeing about keeping him in a 10 gallon tank if he would not grow. I just want to confirm if this is true in case it wasn't. Then Id have a big problem. The tank is empty of habitants.
 

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Robotfish said:
I have a question, I heard from my uncle that if you put a youn large fish in a smaller tank that it would not grow to full size. Is this true? I really want to adopt a Dinosaur Bichir after seeing them at petsmart. They are really small there, like maybe 4 inches. I was seeing about keeping him in a 10 gallon tank if he would not grow. I just want to confirm if this is true in case it wasn't. Then Id have a big problem. The tank is empty of habitants.
No, that's absolutely not true. There are some stories out there on this site of folks who worked in fish stores who had fish turned in that had been terribly overcrowded. They may have been a bit stunted on the outsid (but only a bit) but their insides just kept growing and got all fouled up.

If all you have is a 10 gallon, don't even think about a Bichir.
 
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