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Marbled African Lungfish / Protopterus aethiopicus

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Considered by many to be the most beautiful lungfish, the Marbled African Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) is a fish that is certainly unique in numerous ways.

This lungfish has an eel-like appearance, smooth and slimy. Its cylindrical body has beautiful spots along its entire length. These spots vary in color from gray to dark brown, on a grayish-green base typical of wild specimens.

Its small eyes are positioned in the middle of the head and pointed slightly upwards. The mouth, which looks more like a tear, can sometimes resemble a small beak with lips, especially when the fish is breathing on the surface.

From its cylindrical body, for long fins come out, which are very similar to tentacles. The fish uses them as support to stay close to the substrate and help push them along; it's a surprising behavior to see, as the Marbled African Lungfish resembles a quadrupedal animal.

Its long tail is pointed, with a sharp appearance. The tail is formed by the junction of its anal and dorsal fins. The Marbled African Fish is an extremely robust fish.

Of peaceful and sedentary behavior, its always recommended to keep them alone in the aquarium. Because they are slow, it will hardly be able to compete for food with quicker fish; while also trying to eat their tank mates whenever given the opportunity. Due to its soft skin, it can easily injure if attacked by other species. While many aquarists have had success with keeping Marbled African Lungfish in community tanks, the best way to ensure success with this species is to keep them alone. 

They are carnivorous animals that will quickly feed on mollusks, insects, crustaceans, worms, amphibians, and other fish. Diet is opportunistic and adaptable to local conditions.

Juveniles require an almost exclusive diet of insects. In the aquarium they will accept live fish exceptionally well, as well as pieces of fresh fish, worms, and crustaceans. They also readily accept prepared foods like sinking pellets. They are far from fussy eaters. They capture food in a quick sucking motion followed by a powerful bite; breaking bones and shells and smashing their food into a paste between the hard boney pallets at the top and bottom of their surprisingly large mouths. They then proceed to repeat a process of chewing their food, spitting it out while mixing it with slime, and chewing it again until their food is formed into a fine soft paste, and then they swallow. It’s a very bizarre eating behavior that is unique to lungfish and very fun to observe.

Marbled African Lungfish are definitely the ideal species for those aquarists looking for just a highly unique and inquisitive species to keep as the centerpiece of their tank!

Marbled African Lungfish Care Information:

Scientific name:  Protopterus aethiopicus
Common name: Marble African Lungfish
Order: Ceratodontiformes — Family:  Protopteridae
Distribution: African continent. Tanzania, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. Specifically, it lives on the Nile River and in lakes such as Albert, Edward, Tanganyka, Victoria, Nabugabo.
Behavior: Aggressive
Adult Size: 30-40”+ 
Life Expectancy: 20+ years
pH: 6.0 to 8.0
Temperature: 77 to 86 F
Minimum size tank: 180 gallons
Feeding: Carnivore
Reproduction: Oviparous. Reproduction usually takes place during the arrival season. After the first rains, the males will prepare a "pit" nest or a deep hole, where one or more females will lay their eggs, and the male will fertilize them. They show parental care, with the male protecting and oxygenating the nest for eight weeks.
Sexual Dimorphism: Imperceptible sexual dimorphism.
Additional Information: In nature, these fish inhabit seasonal pools, swamps, and lakes, mainly on their banks. Their fins are also used out of the water to move between puddles of water during the dry season. Among the genus Protopterus are ancient, primitive fish, with slightly amphibious characteristics. They can live in dry river beds for months, even years. They breathe atmospheric air.

Shipping & General Information




Shipping Information

Livestock Shipping Rates
Continental US: Flat Rate $49.99
Texas: Flat Rate $19.99
Alaska: Flat Rate $99.99

Hawaii: We do not ship to Hawaii

Overnight Delivery
Please note that shipping rates are subject to change.  We are located in the United States and will only ship to the Continental US. We ship using primarily UPS Next Day Air Overnight, which ships directly to your doorstep. Some shipments may be shipped using USPS Priority Express Overnight. Packages are typically delivered between 10:00 am -12:00 pm, but can sometimes be later.
The regular shipping cost includes a box with an insulated box liner and a heat pack during winter months. This does not include a thick-wall styrofoam box. If your order is shipping in below 50°F temperatures or above 90°F, make sure to add Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping to your order prior to checkout, as our regular packaging will not withstand these temperatures. More info below. 
The day the shipping label is created, you'll receive an email with tracking information. 
Orders typically ship within 3-10 business days. We ship Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which means packages are delivered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please specify what day works best for you to receive on the Cart page prior to check out. If no date is selected prior to check out, your order will be shipped the next available day at our convenience. Please keep in mind that most fish require at least 2 days to clear out their digestive systems before shipping, which may delay shipping them out until the following week depending on when the order was placed.
Airport to Airport Delivery 
This option is only available for large fish or very large orders. 
Airport to airport is typically the fastest, safest, and most economical shipping option for large fish or large orders. The fish are sent to your nearest Southwest Cargo facility at your local airport where you'll be able to pick them up. We will not charge you for shipping if you choose this option. You will pay the airline directly upon pick up, unless Free Shipping applies to your order. 
After placing your order, text us at 936-239-1292 with your Order Number and your Airport Code (ex. LAX, ATL, DFW, JFK, MIA) and we will find the best flight for both you and the fish, as well as walk you through the process if you are unfamiliar with it. 
Local Pick Up
We are located in Livingston Texas (approximately 50 miles North of Houston), but we do not have a public location to visit. However, if you are in the Southeast Texas area and would like to pick up your fish in person, we do offer local meet-up's. Simply select "Local Pick Up" at checkout and include a valid phone number on your order and we will reach out to you to arrange a time to meet up.
Shipping Protection
We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Due to the nature of our business, losses do happen from time to time. We guarantee Live Arrival on every shipment with our Live Arrival Guarantee, however this only covers the cost of the lost livestock via a store credit and does not cover packages that are lost or stolen. Our Shipping Protection is just a few bucks on most orders and will cover you in case of lost/stolen packages, and will cover your shipping expenses if the order is a total loss. This means that if your order is a total loss, instead of receiving a store credit for the fish minus shipping costs, you will receive a full cash refund back to the original payment source including the shipping costs. 
Cold Weather Shipping
If you expect to receive nighttime low temperatures in your area of less than 50°F, please select this option prior to checkout. While our normal packaging includes heat packs, it is not designed to withstand temperatures below 50°F. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will use a thick-wall styrofoam shipping box to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If nighttime temperatures in your area are less than 50°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are below 30°F in your area, please consider waiting for warmer weather before you place your order.
Hot Weather Shipping
If you expect to daytime high temperatures in your area of greater than 90°F, please select this option prior to checkout. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will include cooling packs to your order to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If daytime temperatures in your area are greater than 90°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are above 110°F in your area, please consider waiting for cooler weather before you place your order.

General Information

Pre-orders often take 2-4 weeks to fulfill, but can occasionally take 4-8 weeks, so please be prepared to wait after placing your pre-order. 
If you order In-Stock Livestock with your Pre-Order Livestock, your In-Stock Livestock will be held until your Pre-Order Livestock is ready to ship. 
Pre-orders are subject to cancellation at any time. Due to the nature of pre-ordering livestock, we can not always guarantee that all of the fish that you order will arrive to us. Sometimes due to factors such as shipping delays, availability changes, or fish arriving to us DOA, we will have to either do a partial or full order cancellation. In the unusual case that we are unable to fulfill your order within 8 weeks of being placed, you can choose to receive a full refund with zero cancellation fees, or we will issue an automatic full refund with zero cancellation fees if we determine that we can not fulfill the order at all. 
7-Day and 30-Day Livestock Protection
We are very confident in the health of our livestock and believe that they will continue to thrive in your care, however things don't always work out the way they should. We are offering protection on your new livestock purchase up to $1,000 with our Livestock Protection Programs. If you lose your new fish in the first 7 or 30 days after arrival, simply submit a claim and we will refund the full purchase price of your fish, even if it's your fault! We won't ask any questions about your set up, experience level, water parameters, etc. All we ask for is photographic proof that the fish is no longer alive. Please keep in mind that in some cases we may ask for additional evidence to verify a claim, which may include a photo of the fish cut in half. You must keep the remains in your possession until the claim is resolved. Protection will not apply if lost due to something such as being consumed by tank-mates. Void if the fish has been visibly damaged. Protection fee and shipping are non-refundable. 
Order Cancellation
If you need to make changes to your order, please contact us and we will be happy to assist with any modifications. If an order needs to be canceled after being placed and prior to shipping, we can either issue a store credit for the full amount, or can issue a refund. If a refund is preferred, there will be a 10% fee that will deducted from the refund amount as a service fee and to cover our transactions fees both ways.
Product Photography
We do our best to keep our photos accurate and up to date, but be aware that livestock photos may not always be of the exact fish available unless listed as WYSIWYG. 
Special Requests
Can't find what you're looking for? Head over to our Special Requests page and leave a comment with what you're looking for and we will do our best to find it.
Limitation of Species
We are located in Texas, meaning that while we may be better than all of y'all in the rest of the country, we unfortunately can not keep or sell many of the species that we would like to. This includes fish such as Freshwater Stingrays, Piranha, Arapaima, Electric Eels, and Payara just to name a few. For a full list of restricted species in Texas, head to Texas Parks & Wildlife's list of Invasive, Prohibited and Exotic Species.

Live Arrival Guarantee / DOA Policy

We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Live arrival is always guaranteed by default on every order, given the conditions below are met. If there are any DOA's in your order, we offer a store credit towards your next purchase for the full value of the lost livestock, minus any shipping charges. Shipping charges are non-refundable. To be eligible for a cash refund for the full value of the lost livestock instead of store credit, Shipping Protection must be included in your order. 

Conditions of Live Arrival Guarantee
1. The package must be received on the first delivery attempt.
2. The package must be sent to the correct address and not a forwarding address. 
3. Temperatures in your area must be between 50-90 °F, unless Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping was added to your order. Find more info about Hot and Cold Weather Shipping in our Shipping and General Information section. 
4. You must fill out our DOA Claim Submission Form within 2 hours of delivery and provide clear photos of the lost item, both inside of the sealed unopened bag as well as laid on a dry surface. 
5. Our DOA Policy does not cover lost/stolen packages if your order does not include Shipping Protection.
We are not responsible for any losses that occur after the fish is removed from the bag or beyond 2 hours after the marked delivery time, so please make sure that you are available to receive your fish as soon as they arrive and that your tank is ready to accept new livestock. 
If your livestock was insured with our 7-Day or 30-Day Protection and you need to file a claim, please fill out the Insurance Claim Submission Form