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Sam - 2012-07-18
I have two African Knife Fish and two Bala Sharks. What would be the minimum size tank for these fish, leaving room for maybe two more fish?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-19
    These fish get pretty big, so the tankmates that you pick will need to be equally as large.  I would get at least a 90 gallon tank.
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colleen - 2012-06-21
I have just got my first BGK today.He is just lovely,he has already made a home in a rock that is in the tank and comes out and swims around checking out his new home.There are also a couple of other places he can call home in the tank as it is quite big. My son will be very happy when he gets home from school as he wanted me to get him one a few months ago. He is appx 5 inches long and I look forward to watching him grow into a big happy healthy fish. I hope he will be ok as he is just delightful,his tank mates are 2 clown loaches,2 silver sharks,1 silver dollar and 3 smaller fish that I hope he won't eat.

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Rickey-B. - 2012-06-13
Hi, I have 2 African Knife Fish 12 ins+ long in an aquarium 30-12-15 ,should i take them out?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-14
    You need a larger tank - please read the Animal World article above.
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desirea - 2012-06-03
I have a BGK for almost a year now n he seems like hes 4 in.
But I have it in a 14g tank... is that too small???
And I heard that when they are mating their tails will flash red.... is that true???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-04
    If is is the only fish in the tank, 14 gallon tank is fine. Will need bigger as he grows.
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Bobby Sydnor - 2011-09-27
LOOKING FOR ABA ABA if any one knows any store or person that has any size I'd be interested as they ship very easily because they breath fresh air, and are pretty hardy.
thanks

bes 480.243-7351 bes

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  • viny - 2011-12-08
    Please provide a functional phone number and I will call to provide you the details on how to buy.

    Cheers.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-27
    aquascapeonline.com has them form time to time and alot of other cool fish.
  • christine gena - 2012-05-23
    I have aba knife fish I just bought and was told they don't get that big. It's beautiful fish but I am going to see him or her if anyones interested call 607 382 6932
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Art walton - 2011-01-27
I have a clown knife, her name is Peggy, that is 7 yrs old and 26 inches long. She's been in a150 gallon tank for the last five years. I've been traveling a lot for work and am always concerned about her. I'd like to sell her to somebody who well enjoy her a much as I have.
My question is how much should I ask for her?

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  • CHRIS - 2011-02-19
    Very much would like to have her 847-532-9838 will pay for shipping.
  • Charles - 2011-03-25
    Do you still have her?
  • Manda - 2011-10-08
    $85 or more
  • timmy - 2011-10-13
    How much do you want that fish, let me know or tell me where can I buy that fish
    Thanks
    Timmy
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levie hill - 2009-03-01
I think this fish is cool and all, but if you want one you will need a big tank, about a 55 gal tank.

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  • JT - 2010-04-24
    You need much larger than a 55 gallon, you would need at least a 900 gallon to properly house one of these fish for life. There is no way a 60 inch (possibly even more) fish would survive in a 48 inch tank.
  • Bobby Sydnor - 2011-09-27
    I have had several aba abas , and looking for a few now. In my experience, from 4 inches to 4 ft. they work through an electricus organ in their body and their eye sight is piss poor, they are nocturnal and would prefer hiding like most knife fish until comfortable with thier envirement still bright lights are not their friend . If you have a moon light and and a tank to dedicate just for them it would be best for them and best for you, if you don't want them taking a bite out of any thing that moves,you call call if you'd like to ask any other questions.

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  • Bobby Sydnor - 2011-09-28
    I have a 300 gal but I will not need that for him as I've had several in the past and never have they got that large to need that much tank, but thanks for your insight . I just need to know if anyone knows of any available. I'm looking for several fish and little advice, but thanks just the same.
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Christian - 2008-12-24
I have an aba aba fish which is 12 inch long. I would like to ask what others can I put with him in 75 gal. Thank you very much. Merry xmas

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  • Tlaloc - 2010-07-14
    You could for now as long as all other fish in the tank are as big, and can get aggressive if pushed around, cuz judging from the info above it's gonna be top dog in a tank. Also your gonna need a MUCH bigger tank, cuz it's gonna reach 3 and half feet MIN. and have teeth like surgical scalpels.
  • Dipo Opadokun - 2011-02-21
    Tilapia broodstock e.g. Oreochromis niloticus can be kept with aba aba (Gymnarchus niloticus). If the space is large enough, Tilapia will breed and offspring can serve as supplementary food for Gymnarchus; although the tilapia broodstock itself is in danger of being eaten by Gymnarchus if there is scarcity of food in the tank.
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urmil - 2012-05-06
I have one of these knife fish in my tank and I wanted to know how long they live
Previously I had bought 2 bt now just one left
So guys can u pls ans......??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    The average life expectancy runs between 3 - 7 years.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-07
    A well taken care of knofe can live up to 15 years. These fish are very prone to illnesses cause from poor conditions so the conditions need to be pristine to reach 15 years.
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katelyn hampton - 2012-02-11
I have recently bought a BGK and I have been trying to feed it blood worms,brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. I have not seen it eat anything and I am concerned that it is not eating please reply soon.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-11
    Your little guy is probably just fine. It takes them a couple of days to aclimate to new surroundings.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-11
    It is not uncommon for them to not eat during the first few days that they're adjusting to their environment. Continue to feed the fish, and eventually, he should eat. Additionally, Knifefish, tend to be more nocturnal. Feed the fish, with the lights off.
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-02-14
    Those are SO cool! I do know that the only time I remember having success with them, was when there were not too many bottom feeders to compete, no aggressive tank mate, and larger water changes. They like their water 6.0 to 8.0 pH, but more importantly, the stability of this pH, and the cleanliness of the water quality. They are very sensitive to any water quality changes for the bad. I have read 40% to 50% every two weeks being the optimum in keeping this eventually 20' long fish alive.

    If your tank is very well established, there may be foods in the substrate he is eating. Look at his sides and see if they are thinning. Getting LIVE black worms or blood worms that wiggle may be what he needs as far as getting a feeding response. BGK can be funny in that they suddenly change their personality even IF feeding at first, so don't take it personally. You may want to check your water parameters, look and see what other fish are possibly scaring your BGK and look at his sides to see if he may be eating while you are sleeping. Otherwise, enjoy your cool fish!
  • katelyn hampton - 2012-02-14
    Thank-you for responding so quick I do feed him in the dark I have had him for a little over a week
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-17
    Try some Tibifax worms. Sometimes in an overfed tank the Knife with will eat off the bottom while you sleep. If the Knife is maintaining size it is probably just shy. May just be a trial and error on that it likes to eat. Any aggressive fish in the tank with it? Water testing should be done as well to make sure that isn't putting extra stress on it.
  • Kay - 2012-03-19
    I have two and they are so Awesome! - They are extremely active. The one I had in the past never came out during the day, but these are constantly showing themselves. They love the frozen Plankton best, but do enjoy the blood worms. They are probably one of the coolest fish I have had the pleasure of caring for.
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