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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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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