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Black Ghost knifefish Apteronotus albifrons
Category: Knife Fish & Mormyrids
Price: £39.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 8 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Difficult
Schooling Fish: No
Diet: Special Needs
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
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.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: Amazon River basin|
|Size||Up to 50 cm, though typically 30-40 cm in aquaria|
|Water Parameters||Soft and slightly acidic water preferred, but fairly adaptable|