Saddled Bichir (polypterus endlicheri)  - Tank-Bred!
Saddled Bichir (polypterus endlicheri)  - Tank-Bred!
Saddled Bichir (polypterus endlicheri)  - Tank-Bred!
Saddled Bichir (polypterus endlicheri)  - Tank-Bred!

Saddled Bichir (polypterus endlicheri) - Tank-Bred!

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Aquatic Arts - Saddled Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri) - Tank-Bred

For the safety of our animals, we now ship live fish exclusively via UPS Next Day Air. If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS Next Day Air as a shipping option during checkout.

The Saddled Bichir is a fascinating and ancient fish species, prized for its unique appearance and hardy nature.


The Saddled Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri) is a striking and prehistoric-looking fish, known for its elongated body, distinct "saddle" pattern, and formidable presence in the aquarium. This species is tank-bred, ensuring a hardier and more adaptable fish for home aquariums. The Saddled Bichir is an excellent choice for experienced aquarists looking to add a unique and captivating predator to their setup.

Bichirs are nocturnal by nature and will spend much of the day hiding. They become more active during the evening and night, adding an element of intrigue to your tank. Their distinctive appearance and behaviors make them a centerpiece in any large aquarium.


Saddled Bichirs thrive in spacious aquariums with plenty of hiding spots. Use sturdy decorations such as large rocks, driftwood, and caves to create a natural and secure environment. Substrate should be soft to prevent injury, and plants like Java Fern and Anubias can be anchored to hardscape elements, as they tolerate the low light conditions preferred by these nocturnal fish.


Given their predatory nature, Saddled Bichirs should be housed with larger, robust fish that they cannot easily prey upon. Avoid keeping them with small or delicate fish and invertebrates. Suitable tankmates include large cichlids, catfish, and other bichir species.


Saddled Bichirs are carnivorous and require a diet rich in meaty foods. They will readily accept frozen foods such as bloodworms, krill, and silversides, as well as live foods like earthworms and feeder fish. High-quality pellets formulated for carnivorous fish can also be included to ensure a balanced diet.

What We Like About This Fish:

- Distinctive and Prehistoric Appearance: A true standout in any large aquarium.
- Hardy Nature: Tank-bred for greater adaptability and resilience.
- Nocturnal Activity: Brings an exciting dynamic to the aquarium during evening hours.
- Fascinating Behavior: Adds a unique predatory element to the tank.
- Long Lifespan: With proper care, Saddled Bichirs can live for many years, becoming a long-term companion in your aquarium.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

- Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 8.0 (tolerates a wide range)
- KH: 4 - 18 dKH
- Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons

Care Guidelines:

- Diet: Carnivorous. Requires a diet rich in meaty foods.
- Social Behavior: Predatory; best kept with larger, robust tankmates.
- Origin: Tank-bred, originally from Africa.
- Average Adult Size: 20 - 30 inches (50 - 76 cm)
- Average Purchase Size**: 3 - 4 inches (15 - 25 cm)


Including botanicals such as Indian Almond Leaves, Catappa Bark, and Alder Cones can help mimic the natural habitat of Saddled Bichirs. These botanicals release beneficial tannins and humic substances, which can aid in creating a more natural and comfortable environment. They also provide additional hiding spots and enhance the overall health of your fish.

All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

Shipping Rate

Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.



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