Animal Stories - Aba Knife Fish


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The Aba Knifefish is a huge fish with an aggressive nature, so is not for the average aquarist!
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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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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.

    bes 480.243-7351
  • 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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Aurelio Martinez - 2011-03-27
I have two Aba's about 4", so far I've been feeding them Blood worms and all is fine. My question is when should I start to feed them live fish? I have a gold fish, a couple of Zebra Danios and a Butterfly fish in the tank.
So far they have not bothered the other fish.
I was thinking of throwing in a few small feeder fish? Good Idea or no.
Hopefully someone out there has raised Aba's and can help.

Rey

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    You know, one problem with introducing live fish, is it make tank mates look like food too. My two cents worth... I would probably stick to the blood worms and hopefully keep everybody friendly with each other:)
  • Aurelio Martinez - 2011-06-15
    Ok everyone, it's been four months since I got the Abas. It seems very hard to get good information on raising these guys, so here is an update.
    Didn't know if I could two Abas in one tank, the answer is no, or at least I'd say 90% no. The two original Abas were just fine but I lost one about 4 weeks in. The Aba got stuck in a water feature that simulated a water fall. The Aba became trapped between the clear plastic sheet where the air travels.
    I went and grabbed a second Aba and put it in the tank. The two seemed ok for about 4 weeks then gradually became more and more aggressive toward each other, still not bothering the other fish. One morning I went to feed the fish and noticed one of the Abas a tail was missing, at this time I went out and bought a tank separator to keep them apart, while I conditioned a second tank when I would separate the two. Unfortunately, the injured Aba did not make it though the night.
    The reason I say 90% sure you cannot keep two together is I don't know if the two original Abas would have been comfortable with each other.
    Today the Aba Aba is about 6 inches long, It was a little over 3 inches when I bought it.
    This is an amazing fish, very smart. Not to get long winded (Fingered in this case)I'll post more frequently on his habits he seems to be developing and eating.

    Hope my input helps others when it comes to raising Abas
    Going to try and upload a picture...

  • jamson - 2011-11-18
    I have been looking for an aba for a month now...where to find???
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daniel - 2009-04-24
55 gallon tank? Are you insane?

This fish will grow at least 3 1/2 FEET LONG in your aquarium. A 55 gallon tank is 4'x1'x1.5'. Aba Aba knives require tanks that are a minimum of 2' wide, and the smallest tank dimension should be 4' for an adult specimen.

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Dipo Opadokun - 2008-10-08
Gymnarchus niloticus is a choiced fish for ceremonial purposes (especially marriage)in Africa.It is highly priced.infact it could cost four times higher than same size of catfishes.


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