Mokèlé-mbèmbé Bichir (Polypterus mokelembembe)

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Mokèlé-mbèmbé Bichir

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Mokèlé-mbèmbé Bichir

Polypterus mokelembembe

208 Litres (55 US G.)

22.9-27.9cm (9-11 ")




6.5 - 7.5

25 -27 °C (77-80.6°F)

6-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

10-25 years



This animal is available captive bred


The male's anal fin is lobe like.

Tank compatibility[edit]

An aggressive predator of smaller fish. Keep only with robust similar-sized tank mates.


A carnivore, feed meaty foods such as earthworms, shrimp, bloodworms, mussels and silversides.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once a day when young and 3 times a week when adult. Should be fed at night after lights out.

Environment specifics[edit]

Foot print of tank is more important then depth. As this is a small Polypteridae, 1 sq. foot of bottom per individual, 2 sq. feet of bottom min. A depth of 40.6cm (16") inches is sufficient. A messy feeder so good filtration is a must. A sandy substrate is preferred. Large rocks and bogwood for hiding places are favoured. A secure lid is a must as this fish is a known escape.


Low light is preferred. Most active at night.

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