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Marbled Knifefish



Marbled Knifefish
Photo © Sean Evans

Common name:Marbled Knifefish, Reticulate knifefish, Arowana knifefish
Scientific name:Papyrocranus afer
Synonyms:(none)
Size:Up to 32" (80cm), but unlikely to achieve this in aquaria.
Origin:West Africa
Tank setup:A large tank (4ft/122cm for a young specimen, they are slow-growing) with a gentle circulation. Subdued lighting, this species can be shy. Preferably a sand substrate with smooth decor such as rounded stones and bogwood.
Compatibility:Predatory, and can be aggressive.
Temperature:24-30oC (75-86oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical, but fairly soft with pH slightly acidic to neutral ideal.
Feeding:Live/frozen meaty foods, such as mussel, whitebait, prawns, earthworms.
Sexing:Unknown
Breeding:Not bred in aquaria.
Comments: Suitable companions could include large Synodontis catfish and Polypterus (bichirs).

 

 

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