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Polypterus ornatipinnis
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Family: Polypteridae
Genus & Species: Polypterus ornatipinnis
Common Name: Ornate Bichir
Size: Up to 24 inches (60. cm)
Note: Should not be considered a regular home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: Africa: Congo River basin, Lake Rukwa drainage, and Lake Tanganyika.
Min Tank Size: 48 inches (55 gallon) when young longer is better than wide, 125+ when grown.
Diet: Carnivorous, Prefers live but will take frozen and freeze-dried foods.
Behavior: Predatory to small fish. Peaceful to those that cannot be eaten.
Water: Temperature: 77°F to 89°F (25 to 28°C) pH range: 6.0 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19
Care: Medium.
Communities: Can be kept with other medium to large sized non aggressive fish.
Suitability: Good, if you are willing to meet their needs.

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