Cuvier Bichir, Captive-Bred

lg 89854 Cuvier Bichir
Latin name: (Polypterus senegalus)

Care Level





Black, Green



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size

1' 6"

Minimum Tank Size

90 gallons



The Cuvier Bichir is a great addition to an oddball aquarium, providing a unique and striking appearance. This species is semi-aggressive, so it’s important to be careful when selecting tank mates. The Cuvier Bichir is best kept with other large and passive fish, and needs plenty of open swimming areas and rocks with crevices to provide hiding spots. To prevent any potential jumping, a tight, well-sealed aquarium lid should be used. Providing the right environment and tank mates will ensure the Cuvier Bichir is happy and healthy in its new home. Proper water parameters and maintenance should also be taken into account when caring for this species.

Polypterus senegalus is a carnivore that requires a meat-based diet. Furthermore, this fish can be offered a variety of live and prepared foods, including but not limited to worms, shrimp, krill, pellet food, and freeze-dried tubifex. Additionally, the Cuvier Bichir may also accept some frozen foods in its diet. It is important to provide your fish with a varied diet in order to ensure they remain healthy and active.

Looking for a small purchase size for your next project? Our approximate purchase size range is 3″ to 5″. We have a variety of products to choose from, so please feel free to browse our online catalog. Thank you for choosing our store!

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