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Old 01-02-2008, 06:15 PM   #21
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?
Quick stats:
Erpetoichthys calabaricus
West Africa
Up to 35" (90cm) Total Length
400 L
6.0 to 7.5
Soft to hard. dH range: to 22.0
79F to 86F (26-30C)

Classification: Family:

Common name:
Reedfish, Ropefish

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
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:43 PM   #22
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that was so helpful. will they eat flake food? and last thing. are guppies small enough to be eaten by them?
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Old 01-07-2008, 03:10 PM   #23
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that was so helpful. will they eat flake food? and last thing. are guppies small enough to be eaten by them?
Like a lot of species they will eat anything that will fit in their mouths..

They may eat flake but mine does not even get the chance to try it...

Reedfish hunt by smell and have poor vision so if kept in a communal tank like mine is rarely get a chance at feeding times..

I feed mine bloodworm, tubifix, muscles etc.. I've read they like nitecrawlers but have yet to find any for him..

One trick for feeding is to place some food in the bottom of a bottle and sink it to the bottom of the tank the reed fish can swim into the bottle and have a feast whilst the other fish wish they were slim enough to fit through the bottle neck.. Make sure you use a clear bottle it's quite entertaining to watch..

Other than that I would place some food in the same place in the tank ever night whilst the other fish are resting. With the tank in darkness he would have a much better chance of sniffing out his meal and would also learn where to go for his meals..
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:13 PM   #24
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thats a really good idea! thanks. but will they eat guppies?
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