Cross River Bichir (Polypterus teugelsi)

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Cross River Bichir

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Cross River Bichir

Polypterus teugelsi

473 Litres (125 US G.)

40-50.6 cm (15.7-19.9")




6.5 - 7.5

25 -27 °C (77-80.6°F)

6-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

10-25 years



This animal is available captive bred

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The male's anal fin is lobe like.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An aggressive predator of smaller fish. Keep only with robust similar-sized tank mates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivore, feed meaty foods such as earthworms, shrimp, bloodworms, mussels and silversides.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once a day when young and 3 times a week when adult. Should be fed at night after lights out.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Foot print of tank is more important then depth. As this is a medium Polypteridae, 4 sq. foot of bottom per individual, 8 sq. feet of bottom min. A depth of 16" inches is sufficient. A messy feeder so good filtration is a must. A sandy substrate is preferred. Large rocks and bogwood for hiding places are favoured. A secure lid is a must as this fish is a known escape.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Low light is preferred. Most active at night.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A medium size elongated Polypeterus

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