The Ansorg's Bichir (Polypterus ansorgii) is a fascinating species of bichir, belonging to the family Polypteridae. Native to West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Cameroon, this fish is known for its distinctive appearance and primitive characteristics. Ansorg's Bichir has a slender, elongated body with multiple dorsal fins that resemble armor plates, giving it a prehistoric look. It can reach lengths of up to 20 inches or more in captivity.
These bichirs are well-suited for aquariums, requiring ample space and a secure lid as they are proficient jumpers. They are adaptable to various water conditions but prefer soft and slightly acidic water. Ansorg's Bichir is carnivorous and will consume a diet of live or frozen foods, such as small fish and invertebrates. Due to their predatory nature, it's essential to house them with compatible tankmates and provide plenty of hiding spots. Enthusiasts appreciate Ansorg's Bichir for its unique appearance and ancient lineage in the world of fishkeeping.