Animal Stories - African Knife Fish


Animal-World Information about: African Knife Fish

What the African Knifefish lacks in color, it more than makes up in hardiness and personality!
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Heather - 2010-08-16
I currently own 2 African Knifefish. I've had the older one for awhile and just recently bought a baby one. At first the older one would pick on the baby but now they are best buddies. The older one loves to come up to the front of the tank to greet us as we watch them & he also follows our faces/fingers. They love hand feeding. Esp live black worms, blood worms, and brine shrimp. They have many hiding places but don't go in them as much as before. The 2 fish follow each other everywhere. It's adorable! (even if the older one seems to get annoyed sometimes) lol I highly recommend these fish. They may not have much color, but they have one heck of a personality! :)

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  • debbie - 2010-10-23
    I have 2. They play. I bought a bigger one today. He hides. He is quite bigger.
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Rameres Jr Cumba - 2010-09-02
I currently had 2 african knife fish from a few days now. They really skittish at first, but went I added a few fish with them like a ladder loach, they became more regularly seen during the daytime hours, become increase activity. Recently one had the aggressive and occasionally chasing the knife fish.

Is it possible to spawn them? I have a slim and chubby one.

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rick - 2010-04-19
Hey guys, I have a knife fish who is very happy in my 55 gallon aquarium w/ many different species. But some of the other fish have started to get aggressive towards the other fish (not my knifefish) due to the high protein I have to feed my knife fish. I usually feed him bloodworms or brine shrimp. Any suggestions how I can feed my knife fish but keep the other fish on lower protein diets?

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  • Trent - 2010-08-09
    Yes use a turkey baster. That's how I feed mine. You just take the rubber squeeze ball end off and drop tje frozen brine or blood worms in the clear plastic part and put the rubber squeeze ball back on and suck up some aquarium water and swift it around to get it to melt and stick it in the aquarium in front of the knife fish or by it and squeeze it to feed them. I do this every time with my blood parrot fish and African brown knife fish and works very well for me.
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Jessica - 2010-03-03
My knife fish is in a 40gallon tank and I've had it for 4days now. Yesterday it formed this white skin shield over it's eyes. What does that mean? Is it going to die?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    It definitely seems to have some type of illness, although I'm not sure what. You could always try a broad spectrum antibiotic.
  • martin calderon - 2010-04-05
    No all you have to do is just keep the water clean and buy a medicine that will help it heal.
  • knife fish rule - 2010-04-28
    It means your tank is too small and you should dim the lights.
  • steve - 2010-05-24
    Cold water whats temp? Will die sounds like ich-x
  • Tlaloc - 2010-07-14
    It might, but what it has is some kind of eye infection, go to a local fish store NOT PETSMART or any big chain store, they mean well but 99.9% of them haven't the faintest idea what they're doing, and it was probably caused by the stress of changing tanks.
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Carol Montgomery - 2010-07-08
I never see my knifefish. He stays hidden at all times! Kind of a disappointment! I only have one. He's in a 55 gal tank w a couple sharks and 4 gouramis and a couple tiger barbs.

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  • Tlaloc - 2010-07-14
    Depending on how long you've had him he might just keep hiding, also tiger barbs are famous for nipping fins, and a knifefish's undulating fin is a big temptation. I have mine in a 75 gallon while at least 6 or 7 hiding places so he's good, and mine will turn right around and bite at whatever bites his tail. They also don't like bright lights much( mostly nocturnal), so try dimming your lights by taking plastic plants, ripping them out of the little roots and letting them float right under your lights and/or giving him more hiding places, they like dark caves, broken/upturned flowerpots or PVC pipe will do, and if all else fails just give him some time and he should come out more often over time.
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Nichelle - 2008-12-20
African Clowns need to be in a 55 gallon or more they need there room! a 20 gallon is way to small!!

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nick - 2008-09-15
I just recently purchased one of these from my local pet store and it is a great fish so far. It's surprisingly peaceful and a great fish to watch. I keep it in my 20-30 gallon fish tank with 3 Opaline gouramis and 2 tinfoil barbs. They are all getting along well so far. Overall a great fish.

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Bennett Harnisch - 2008-07-19
Great web site!
I found profiles for every type of fish/crustacion for my new large community Aquarium!

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