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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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Ropefish

Picture of Ropefish/Reedfish
Common nameRopefish, Reedfish, Snake fish, Dinosaur eel
Scientific name Erpetoichthys calabaricus
SynonymsCalamoichthys calabaricus (not valid)
SizeUp to 36" (90cm), usually smaller in aquaria.
OriginWest Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria
Tank setupLarge tank, with bogwood, rocks and a few plants for decor, sandy substrate.
CompatibilityPredatory, but fine with larger fish.
Temperature22-28oC (71-82oF)
Water chemistryNot critical, soft to medium hard, pH 6.0-8.0.
FeedingCarnivore, feed live foods and dead meaty foods
SexingThe anal fin of the male is larger and thicker than the female.
BreedingEggs 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.
Comments

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.


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