Black Ghost Knifefish – Apteronotus albifrons
Black Ghost Knifefish – Apteronotus albifrons is an interesting, scaleless fish. Their eyesight is fairly poor so these black ghost knifefish feature an electrical field which will enable them to detect things around them. Communication between other knifefish is also enabled by this fascinating electrical field. This tropical wonder has a long body which is black in color. Sometimes there may be a white stripe which starts from the tip of the nose and runs along the top of their back. It features a thick whitish colored band in front of their caudal fin and a narrower white colored band appearing prior to the tip of the tail. This fish moves with a smooth, graceful, rippling wavelike motion. It is very peaceful as it maneuvers through the aquarium. These knifefish tend to bear a shy personality, however, in time it is possible that it will feed from your hand.
Common name: Black Ghost Knifefish
Scientific Name: Apteronotus albifrons
Typical Adult Fish Size: 20 inches/50 cm
Natural Habitat: South America throughout sandy rivers, migrating to forests that are flooded in the wet season. They thrive in nature aquariums, planted tanks. In the wild, they live in areas of waters that are dark and sunlight is limited. It is recommended to mimic their natural habitat in order for great success.
Ideal Tank Ecosystem: They will thrive in larger nature aquariums as they like plants, crevices and nooks to hide in. If you are not planting aquatic plants, ensure you provide your Black Ghost Knifefish — Apteronotus albifrons lots of aquatic decor and plants.
Recommended Aquarium Capacity: 30 gallon/120 litre for juvenile sized and for larger adults 180 gallon/720 litre is recommended for optimal success.
Care Level: Intermediate. It is recommended that keepers of these fish have experience.
Species Compatibility: Community. Will tolerate fish of like size.
Aquarium Water Temperature: 73 – 82°F / 23 – 28°C
Aquarium Water pH: Range 6.0 – 8.0
Feeding: Frozen, live foods and pellets are a good diet. Any foods not consumed in a matter of minutes should be removed from aquarium water immediately, using a fine mesh net. If you leave any uneaten foods in the aquarium, it will cause bacteria and other problems with your fish and water parameters.
Other Considerations: Acrylic cylinders or clay cylinders are a great addition to a Black Ghost Knifefish habitat. They love places to hide and rest and tend to enjoy these types of decor.
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