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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Clown Knifefish

Clown Knifefish
Common nameClown Knifefish
Scientific nameChitala chitala
SynonymsFormerly known as Notopterus chitala
SizeUp to 40" (1 metre), but rarely more than 24" (60cm) in aquaria
OriginS.E. Asia
Tank setupA large tank with open swimming space and a gentle circulation. Subdued lighting. Preferably a sand substrate with smooth decor such as rounded stones and bogwood.
CompatibilityHighly predatory, can be aggressive.
Temperature25-28oC (77-82oF)
Water chemistryNot critical, but fairly soft with pH slightly acidic to neutral ideal.
FeedingLive/frozen meaty foods, such as whitebait, cockle, prawns, earthworms - may also take pellet foods which can be used to vary diet.
SexingUnknown
BreedingNot bred in aquaria. Spawning takes place on a hard surface and the male guards the eggs and fry.
Comments One of the more striking knifefish, their bodies have a series of black spots, which vary in pattern between fish. They are very greedy feeders and hence require a good filtration system. They are best kept either singly, or in a group of at least 3 in a large tank, introduced to the tank as youngsters at the same time. Their mouths are deceptively large, so only keep with fish which are clearly too large to be swallowed. Suitable companions could include large catfish, Bichirs, Siamese Tigerfish.


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