Ropefish AKA Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus)
The Ropefish is a very fascinating oddball fish that has a snake-like appearance and the ability to breathe both air and water!
Feeding is relatively easy for the Ropefish. It has not yet been commercially bred in captivity, so it will sometimes ignore dry foods, at least initially. It should primarily be fed a varied diet of frozen and live meaty foods such as bloodworms, shrimp, and prawns, but it may eventually accept sinking dry foods as well.
Ropefish and Bichirs are not afraid to jump or leave the water, so a tight-fitting lid is necessary to prevent them from escaping the aquarium. They also must be able to come to the surface to breathe air occasionally or else they will drown.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Unique eel-like appearance
- Exceptionally hardy and adaptable.
- Unfussy regarding diet
- Ideal "community" large fish/predator
- Will not eat plants
- Temperature: 73° - 86° F (23° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.5
- KH: 5 - 20 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 45-55 gallons
- Diet: Carnivorous. Requires a variety of meaty live, frozen, and dry foods
- Social behavior: Peaceful with species too large to be considered prey
- Origin: Western Africa
- Average adult size: Up to 16 inches (40 cm)
- Average purchase size: 8 - 12 inches (20 - 30 cm)
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