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Banded Knifefish Gymnotus pedanopterus
Category: Knife Fish & Mormyrids
Price: £27.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 2 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Easy
Schooling Fish: No
Diet: Special Needs
Beautiful and unusual species.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Gymnotus pedanopterus (Banded Knifefish)
The South American knifefishes of the genus Gymnotus are quite large, robustly built fish with a long anal fin running the length of the body. The head is quite long with a broad mouth. Gymnotus spp. are prized for their attractive colouration which varies between species but is usually some sort of tiger-like oblique banding.
There are no known differences between the sexes.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Banded knifefish are territorial and aggressive. They are also highly predatory. They are best kept alone or with larger, robust tankmates such as pacu and thorny catfish.
Banded knifefish are nocturnal predators. During the day they prefer to hide away among the plants or in a rocky cave. Wild fish eat insects and various other invertebrates when young, graduating to small fish as they mature. In aquaria live foods including earthworms and river shrimps can be used initially, but once settled in they can be trained to accept dead foods without problems.
These are electric fish, and in common with most other electric fish are antagonistic towards other electric fish kept with them.
There are no reports of breeding in home aquaria.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Widely distributed across tropical South America|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but slightly soft and acidic water preferred|