- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Lifespan: 15-20 years average, 30+ years possible
- Water Conditions: 77-80° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.5-7.5
- Maximum Size: 18″- 20″ (1’6″- 1’8″)
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
The Albino Dinosaur Senegalus Polypterus Senegal Bichir is also commonly called the Cuvier Bichir, and the albino variant is also simply referred to as an Albino Bichir. It has a long, snake-like body and head that is pinkish in color and large red eyes, though since they are a nocturnal species their vision is not very keen. It has many small dorsal fins down the lower half of its back, two pectoral fins that it seems to balance on when resting on the bottom of the tank, two small anal fins, and one spade-shaped tail fin. The fins are yellowish in color. Two whisker-like appendages sprout from the nose.
Albino Dinosaur Senegalus Polypterus are considered excellent beginner “odd-ball” fish, being hardy and having easy care. They will be best kept in a large aquarium with plenty of swimming space that is short and long rather than high, as they are bottom dwellers. They will appreciate hiding caves and driftwood and are provided with a fine, sandy substrate. The tank must have a tight-fitting lid, as they may jump out. Having a divided, double-chamber swim bladder and primitive lung, they can survive outside of water for a while if they are kept moist. If their needs are met they will not be aggressive towards other similar-sized or large fish; they are considered semi-aggressive solely based on the fact that they will eat any fish or invertebrate that can fit in their mouth and are actually quite passive otherwise.
Albino Dinosaur Senegalus Polypterus should be fed a variety of meaty foods including different types of worms, shrimp, and krill, and most will also readily accept frozen preparations, pellets, and wafers. They can be fed feeder fish but there is a risk of parasites or disease being introduced to your tank so it is not usually recommended.
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