Reticulate knifefish - Papyrocranus afer
Scientific name: Papyrocranus afer
Common name: Reticulate knifefish
Usual size in fish tanks: 70 - 80 cm (27.56 - 31.5 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 6.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 30 °C (75.2 - 86°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
The Reticulate knife fish is a carnivore. Do not attempt to feed these flakes or pellets; they will refuse to eat them. Feeder dish can be given to them or even defrosted pieces of fish. It is sometimes better to feed this fish at night as they are naturally a nocturnal predator.
West Africa; Reticulate knifefish are to be found in the Niger Basins and most of the coastal river basins in the area.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet, there are no reported cases of Reticulate knifefish breeding in the aquarium.
If given the right conditions, Papyrocranus afer should live for 15 years.
Papyrocranus afer should not be kept in a tank of less than 50 gallons; they need lots of swimming space. Never keep these with small tank mates as they will see them as prey. This species is also available in an albino form.
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