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Black Ghost knifefish Apteronotus albifrons

Category: Knife Fish & Mormyrids

Size: 19-21cm

Price: £39.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 2 in stock


Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Care Level: Difficult

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful

Diet: Special Needs


Jumbo sized Black Ghosts.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 19-21cm

Apteronotus albifrons (Black Ghost knifefish)

Long, laterally compressed fish with no dorsal fin, a very small caudal fin, but a large anal fin that is used for swimming. Body colouration is primarily black to dark grey with a white band running from the mouth across the back. There are a series of white bands around the base of the tail.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Placid but potentially predatory fish that should be either kept alone or with docile tankmates such as acara and silver dollars. Do not mix with anything aggressive, nippy, or overtly territorial.

Needs a good water current, moderate temperature, and plenty of oxygen. Extremely sensitive to stagnant or poor quality water conditions.

An electric fish. Intolerant of conspecifics and other electric fish (such as mormyrids). Doesn't like bright light.

Feeding can be tricky; live invertebrates such as bloodworms and small earthworms are preferred, but once settled a variety of frozen foods are accepted as well as catfish pellets. Not particularly piscivorous, but may eat very small (neon-sized) tankmates.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: Amazon River basin
Temperature 22-26 C
Size Up to 50 cm, though typically 30-40 cm in aquaria
Water Parameters Soft and slightly acidic water preferred, but fairly adaptable
Water PH 6.0-7.5