Originally Posted by crazy4fish
sorry if i'm disrupting your moray eel conversation but do you know what size tank a rope fish should have? and how hard should the water be?
and how do you know if the rope fish at your lfs are healthy? the ones at mt lfs always look a bit unhealthy but i'm starting to think they are just lazy. they sit at the bottom and dont move. but other than that the LOOK fine. are they sick or just in shock?
Up to 35" (90cm) Total Length
6.0 to 7.5
Soft to hard. dH range: to 22.0
79ºF to 86ºF (26-30°C)
Africa: Cameroon and the Niger river. Ogun River mouth in Nigeria to Chiloango River in Congo Brazzaville
General Body Form:
Long and snakelike, there are no Ventral fins. The dorsal fin is broken up in a series of ten or eleven individual small finlets which is usually not extended so rarely seen. The anal fin is similar with the males having twelve to fourteen rays and the female nine to twelve
Not a striking fish the body is basically green, with the exception of the belly being yellow and the Black spots at the base of the pectoral fins
The most important aspect of keeping the reedfish is a very tight fitting cover, they are escape artist and will fit out of the smallest holes. If they do manage to escape they have been known to survive for several hours out of water and it may be possible to save it if found in time. The aquarium should be heavily planted and provide plenty of hiding areas among roots or driftwood. Good filtration and the addition of some sea salt is beneficial. Try to keep a minimum of two fish. Generally peaceful and will get along with most fish, try to avoid keeping them with large Cichlids. The reedfish is a nocturnal eater and can be easily fed on crustaceans and insect larvae and can adapt to the more meat like available foods such as tubifex, bloodworms and earthworms. They will eat smaller fish if given the chance
Heavily vegetated Swamp or marsh areas of the Niger river delta http://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile90.html