Black Ghost Knife - Apteronotus albifrons
Species name: Apteronotus albifrons
Synonym: Apteronotus passan , Gymnotus albifrons, Sternarchus albifrons, Sternarchus lacepedii, Sternarchus maximilliani
Common Names: Black Ghost Knife
Family: Apteronotidae (Ghost knifefishes)
Order: Gymnotiformes (knifefishes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 50 cm / 20 inches
Origin: South America. Venezuela to Paraguay, Paraná rivers and the Amazonas Basin of Peru
Temperament: Somewhat aggressive.
Company: Can be kept in a community aquarium with other calm species that are to big to be swallowed.
Water parameters: pH 6.0-8.0, temperature 23-28°C / 73-82° F
Aquarium setup: This species requires a very large well planted aquarium. It is best not to keep more then one of these fishes together in one aquarium. The aquarium should be decorated with a lot of narrow hiding places among rotes, rocks and plants and a small stoned substrate. Floating plants should be used to dim the lighting.
Feeding: Accepts most kinds of live and frozen food. Most specimens can be trained to accept pellets.
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