|Common name||Ropefish, Reedfish, Snake fish, Dinosaur eel
|Scientific name ||Erpetoichthys calabaricus|
|Synonyms||Calamoichthys calabaricus (not valid)|
|Size||Up to 36" (90cm), usually smaller in aquaria.|
|Origin||West Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria|
|Tank setup||Large tank, with bogwood, rocks and a few plants for decor, sandy substrate.|
|Compatibility||Predatory, but fine with larger fish.|
|Water chemistry||Not critical, soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-8.0.|
|Feeding||Carnivore, feed live foods and dead meaty foods|
|Sexing||The anal fin of the male is larger and thicker than the female.|
|Breeding||Eggs are attached to plants and other surfaces and hatch after about 3 days. The fry will feed on their
yolk sac for the first week.|
This is the only species in the genus. These fish are not aggressive, even with their own kind, and are best kept in groups.
They may eat small fish, especially at night when they rest near the bottom, and this fish is more active.
A tight fitting lid is necessary to prevent escapes from the aquarium. Occurs in fresh and slightly brackish waters.