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Old 08-05-2014, 09:29 PM   #1 
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Dinosaur Bichir

So over the past couple of weeks I have been obsessing over Bichirs. So I had to share here :D

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I love how huge Bichirs get! They really are little sea monsters.

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They use their fins like stubby little legs!

Look at the variety: http://fishaquatics.doomby.com/pages/bichirs-7.html

Once I have a house I think I'll have to splurge on a massive tank and get a bichir. Maybe a fire eel, too! :)

I saw an itty bitty one (4") at Petsmart today. I didn't even know they carried them!
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:51 PM   #2 
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Wow, I've never heard of these! They look awesome when they get bigger-- really do look like sea monsters!!
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:04 AM   #3 
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Ya petco and petsmart has them. Or at least mine do. Are you keeping them?
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:31 AM   #4 
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Not yet :) But I hope to! Do you have any experience with Bichirs?
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:11 AM   #5 
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No, I have never personally had one. All I know is that they get big and i think they only eat frozen food.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:54 AM   #6 
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Saw a fairly large one at a LFS. They're so cool! The guy at the LFS was saying they were having problems feeding it though lol only interested in live food >_>;

I don't think I'd ever get one, but they're so neat and they're very interesting to watch!
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:01 AM   #7 
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I may get a baby one from my petco. Then when it gets to big i will get credit at my lfs. They are really cool.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:02 PM   #8 
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This is what I have learned thus far from reading up on and watching mine:

They do best when there are at least 2-3 of them raised together and will eventually need upwards of 100 gallons or more (much like Oscars) and are predatory fish (meaning they will take down anything and everything they can fit into their mouths; and maybe even some they can't) In other words, No pellet food for them, only live or frozen.... Also, IF (based on my personal experiences, the only thing they will be kept with are their own kind.) you are going keep other fish with them make sure that those fish are introduced to the tank first (and are bigger than they are) as anything introduced after them are often seen as food....

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Old 08-06-2014, 12:45 PM   #9 
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Sorry, my Computer is acting up and I'm not very fast at typing to begin with.... they are for the most part bottom dwellers (they do breathe oxygen much like Bettas) so having a wider vs taller tank is a plus... and can go several hours (although not recommended) out of water... Can't think of anything else off the top of my head... (Running on 2 hours of sleep is a big No no...)
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:45 PM   #10 
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All fish can be trained onto pelleted foods... There are lots of foods designed for large predators. Feeding a lot of big fish can get expensive. @__@

Here's a huge journal from an old TFK member who had 4 bichir, 3 senegals (the ones in pet shops generally) and an ornate. Lots of videos. :D Some of the things in those tanks of course are not recommended. One of the bichir did consume a ropefish once.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...e-75-a-106630/
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