Polypterus senegalus "Polypterus senegalus"

Care Level

Low

Placement

Any

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

12" - 18"

Minimum Size

75 gallon

Color

Green, White, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

Neutral (6.4 to 7.6 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

General: Polypterus senegalus is a uniquely adaptable, lobe-finned fish from streams of Africa. Being a primitive species, a pair of ventral lungs may be utilized to briefly survive in an terrestrial environment. The ability to "walk" while out of water may be evidence of the Polypterus senegalus being one of the first aquatic species to adapt to the terrestrial environment.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.4 to 7.6 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Aquarium Diet (Carnivore): Earthworms, Insects, Krill, Carnivore Pellet, Ghost Shrimp

Compatibility: Polypterus senegalus should be kept with other large, passive South American Cichlids, Rainbowfish, Synodontis, Pacu, and Plecostomus.