Common Name(s)
African Knifefish, African Black Knifefish, False Featherback
Scientific Name
Xenomystus nigri
Family
Notopteridae
Origin
Africa; Congo, Liberia, Niger, Gabon
Temperament
Non-aggressive, but they will eat small fish.
Maximum Size
12 inches
Minimum Tank Size
55 US gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a planted aquarium with floating plants and plenty of hiding spots such as rocks or driftwood.
Tank Region
Middle-bottom
Diet
Feed live/frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, chopped earthworms, tubifex, etc.
Breeding
Very difficult.
Compatibility
Do not keep with aggressive fish or fish that are small enough to be eaten. They are nocturnal, so they are best kept alone.
Ease of Keeping
Challenging
Care
pH: 5.8-7.5, Temperature: 73-82 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 8-15 years.
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