Rarely do we see the exotic bowfin available to the aquarium trade. Known as the mud pike, bowfins can grow to nearly 30 inches and are ferocious predators. These predator aquarium fish are game fish in several countries. Many of the genetic traits of the bowfin go all the way back to the Jurassic period and they do have a prehistoric look about them. You can transition bowfins to cichlid pellets and later koi pellets, but be prepared to provide them live and frozen foods initially - these are wild caught. Temperatures should be similar to goldfish, 60s and 70s, but NOT 80s, and not really high pH numbers. Like most predator fish, they will get along with other fish their size, and eat smaller ones, no matter how much they might like their company.
- Scientific name: Amia calva
- Origin: Mexico
- Lifespan: 15 years
- Max size: 28 inches
- Diet: Frozen, live feeders, pellets after transition
- Shipping Size: Approx. 3 to 4 inches