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Nitrate Problems? Thomas Has Just The Thing! (Video)

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If your nitrates are running rampant and you don’t have time to do water changes every time the wind blows, check out Thomas’ recommendation for how to alleviate the problem!

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How To Frag Zoanthid Coral (Video)

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If you want to frag your own corals, follow Josh’s example– SAFETY FIRST when working with Palytoxin. Apart from the small risks, fragging your own corals is fairly simple and fun!

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Mega-Build Update: One Year Later (Video)

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One year into the 265 Mega-Build, Thomas goes over some changes he’s made, some lessons he’s learned, and some successes he’s had!

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Real Talk With Thomas: UV Sterilizers (Video)

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Thomas talks about some of the misconceptions regarding UV sterilizers, and chats a bit about what they do, what they do NOT, and what YOU should never do with yours.

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This Salt Mix Will Help You Save Money (Video)

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Josh walks us through his new favorite salt mix! The Fritz RPM mix will save you money on additives. Watch our video to learn more!

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Replacing Your Eheim Ecco Handle & Clips (Video)

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Many aquarists have trouble successfully replacing the handle and/or clips of their Eheim Ecco canister filters– fret no more! Josh shows us how to quickly and easily replace this parts!

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Augment Your Sump’s Filtration! (Video)

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This new media reactor from Seapora will help you augment your sump’s filtration, making your job easier and keeping your aquarium functioning and looking great!

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How to Get Rid of Red Slime Algae (Video)

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Learn everything you need to know about Red Slime Algae, including how to easily and quickly get rid of it!

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Thomas’ Take on the Aqamai LRM (Video)

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Thomas introduces us to the Aqamai LRD LED Light Fixture, and walks us through all the benefits of making this part of your aquarium!

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Meet Polypterus, The Dinosaur Eel!

Have you always dreamed of having your own pet dinosaur? With a polypterus, you can!… Sort of. This ancient fish first appeared during the Cretaceous period over 60 million years ago, alongside pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. Modern day polypteridae include erpetoichthys calabaricus, also known as the reed fish or rope fish, and the dozen or so members of the family erpetoichthys polypterus commonly known as bichirs.

Polypterus can be identified by its long, snake-like body and the multiple dorsal finlets along its spine that inspired its name (polypterus means “many fins”). Its large pectoral fins give it a distinctive way of swimming. Tough ganoid scales protect it from infection and parasites. It is not difficult to meet a polypterus’ needs, and it is a fairly popular choice for the home aquarium.

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Tank Setup

When setting up a tank for your polypterus, keep in mind that even smaller varieties can grow to be over a foot long. Some species, including the red bichir and the fat-headed bichir, can be two feet long, and the mammoth Congo bichir can grow to over three feet. A 48 x 15-inch tank is sufficient for smaller fish. For larger varieties, a 6 x 2-foot tank is more appropriate.

Polypterus are bottom dwellers, so ample floor space is essential. Choose a shallow tank with a large footprint so your fish can roam the bottom but still reach the top easily. These fish have a modified swim bladder that enables them to supplement their oxygen with gulps of air from the surface, so make sure to leave an air gap between the water and the cover of your tank. Secure the tank cover well, as these fish are master escape artists.

These fish are hardy and can tolerate variation in the quality and temperature of their water, but they will be most comfortable in soft to slightly hard water that is neutral or slightly acidic and kept at a temperature between 25 and 28°C (77-82 °F).

Decor

Choose a substrate that is easy to keep clean, such as soft aquarium sand or horticultural silver sand. Arrange smooth rocks and large pieces of wood to create caves for your fish to slink in and out of. If you plan to have more than one bichir, prevent them from becoming territorial by providing a hiding place for each one. Use robust plants to provide cover, as this species’ poor eyesight makes it clumsy and prone to damaging more delicate varieties.

Diet and Nutrition

Because of its poor eyesight, the polypterus relies on its sense of smell to seek out its food. This carnivore enjoys many foods, including:

  • Meaty foods, including mussel, prawn, shrimp, cockle, whitebait, beefheart and silversides
  • Live foods, including guppies, minnows, earthworms and ghost shrimp
  • Frozen foods, including bloodworms, brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp, squid, krill and silversides
  • Sinking catfish pellets
  • Algae wafers
  • Sinking granular foods

Tank Mates

Polypterus are not aggressive but will eat smaller fish if given the opportunity. They may also snap at one another, particularly when fighting over food, but typically do not cause any real harm. They should be tanked with non-aggressive fish of a similar size, such as Siamese tigerfish, knifefish, tinfoils and medium-sized catfish.

Polypterus are a fascinating fish that provide a window into a long-ago time. Find everything you need to add this ancient creature to your tank at Big Al’s.