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Polypterus ornatipinnis (Ornate Bichir)

Polypterus palmas (front), Polypterus ornatipinnis (middle) and Pterygoplichthys joselimanus (back). Click on the images to see the high resolution pictures.

Polypterus ornatipinnis Preferred water parameters: pH : 6.0-7.0 (7.5-8.2 for the lake Tanganyika specimens), GH : 5 (higher for the lake Tanganyika specimens) KH : 0-6 (higher for the lake Tanganyika specimens). Final Total Length : 50-60 cm. Social behavior : usually peaceful with the right fishes. Sexual differences : female is usually bigger. There is also an anal & caudal fin difference but only for experts. Feeding needs : carnivorous. Suitable tankmates : Large, non aggressive fishes. Recommended minimum aquarium size : 300+ lt. Origin: Central Africa & lake Tanganyika.

Photos by G.J.Reclos /MCH, text by Andreas Kamarinos

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