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Old 08-24-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Ornate Birchir

I have an Ornate Birchir. I'm not sure how old it is, somewhere between 7-10 years is my best bet. I've been reading on this fish. I have it in 125 gallon tank with Tin Foil Barbs.

The articles I've been reading is that it can grow to 2 feet long. Mine is only about 6" long and hasn't grown in years.

Have I done something to stunt it's growth?
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:16 PM   #2
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Probably isn't an ornate, it's not uncommon for people to label fish as sumthing more expensive or rare.

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Old 01-29-2014, 08:32 PM   #3
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Has it always been in a 125g? If it was kept in a smaller tank for a substaintial amount of time then that could have stunned its growth. But if it is 7-10 it most likely would have died from being stunted.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:34 PM   #4
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I have an albino bichir and I got when he was 3 inches now it's been a month and up to a heft 4-5 inches but maybe they just slow down once they reach a certain length
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They are fast growers, especially when well fed, but If it was stunted then yeah it wouldn't have lived that long, is there a dwarf variety birchir I haven't heard of? Cause seen these guys grow from about 4inch to 8 or 9 in the space of 4-6 months!

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I have an albino bichir and I got when he was 3 inches now it's been a month and up to a heft 4-5 inches but maybe they just slow down once they reach a certain length

My bet is it a delhazi which stay much smaller
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:00 AM   #7
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Ornate Birchir

Bichirs are very slow growers, I don't think you've stunted his Growth however I do believe you will need a larger tank to prevent it in the future. Polypterus Ornatipinnis grow to about two feet and should be housed in nothing smaller than a 200 gallon.
While you shouldn't keep an ornate in a 125 you can keep some others like,

P. Delhezi (my fav.)
P. Senegalus
P. Retropinnis
P. Palmas Palmas
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Mine grows fast probably 3 inches in 2 months, I feed mine blood worms through a turkey Baster tho so they he always eat cuz he doesn't like to eat if I just drop food in.
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Bichirs are very slow growers, I don't think you've stunted his Growth however I do believe you will need a larger tank to prevent it in the future. Polypterus Ornatipinnis grow to about two feet and should be housed in nothing smaller than a 200 gallon.
While you shouldn't keep an ornate in a 125 you can keep some others like,

P. Delhezi (my fav.)
P. Senegalus
P. Retropinnis
P. Palmas Palmas

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Old 01-30-2014, 02:57 PM   #10
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I don't think albino bichirs get much bigger then 8 inches right cas other wise I might need an upgrade in the future
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