The Lapradei Bichir, a species of Polypterus, is widely distributed across various slow-moving shallow water habitats in the lowland tropical regions of West Africa. Known for its size and robust nature, this Bichir species is capable of growing to lengths of over 30 inches (76 cm) in the wild.
Belonging to the "lower jaw" group of Polypterus, the Lapradei Bichir is characterized by its distinctive heavy lower jaw that protrudes over the upper lip. In aquarium settings, they exhibit the hardiness and undemanding nature commonly seen in most bichir species. However, it is crucial to keep them in an aquarium with a secure and tightly-fitting lid, possibly weighted, as they have a tendency to jump when startled or during nighttime activities.
The Lapradei Bichir's impressive size and robust physique make it a captivating addition to any aquarium. Its adaptability and low maintenance requirements make it an attractive choice for fishkeepers looking to showcase a striking and hardy species. Providing them with a suitable environment that mimics their natural habitat will ensure their well-being and allow them to thrive in captivity.