Barred Knife Fish - Steatogenys elegans
Mottled Knife Fish
Species name: Steatogenys elegans
Common Names: Barred knifefish , Mottled Knife Fish
Synonyms: Brachyhypopomus elegans, Steatogenys elegansis, Steatogenes elegans, Rhamphichthys mirabilis, Rhamphichthys elegans,
Max. size: 30 cm / 12 inches
Origin: South America. Guinas and the Amazon River basin.
Temperament: Non aggressive. Do not keep with aggressive or species that are small enough to swallow.
Company: Other non aggressive species that is to big to be consider food.
Water parameters: pH 6.0-7.0, temperature 22-26°C / 73 - 80° F
Aquarium setup: This species requires a relatively large well planted aquarium. As one of the smallest species of knife fish it van be hosted in smaller aquariums then the other species. Aquarium should however not be less then 120 cm / 50 inches. It is best to keep more then one of these fishes together in the aquarium. The Aquarium should be decorated with a lot of hiding places among rotes and rocks. Floating plants should be used to dim the lighting.
Feeding: accepts live and frozen food. After some weaning they usually accepts carnivore pellets.
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