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trukgirl 01-28-2010 12:10 AM

Brown knifefish food/treats?
Hi all, I am new to this forum!

I have a brown african knifefish in my 55g. He is my lil buddy! (thats him in my avatar)

Anyways, just curious what the other owners feed their brown knifes for their main staple, & what do you feed for a treat??

jaysee 01-28-2010 12:26 AM


I feed mine a variety of foods. Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, cherry shrimp, tubifex worms, blood worms, earthworms, cichlid pellets, tetramin tablets and fry. I randomly mix it up.

What else is in the 55?

trukgirl 01-28-2010 12:41 AM

I know eventually some of the smaller fish may dissapear, but as of now there is 3 gouramis- gold, blue, & opaline, 2 scissortail rasboras, 3 small tetras, leopard danio, chinese algae eater, leopard cory cat, & a albino cory cat.

He is apx 6" right now. He has a nice big cave at the right end of the tank that is all his. Everyone gets along pretty well right now, the big gold gourami tends to be boss in the daytime.

ETA: he eats the TetraMin Crisps at feeding time with everybody else, he likes them fine. I have tried freeze dried brine shrimp and he barely touches them.

jaysee 01-28-2010 12:52 AM

That's funny, mine has it's own cave on the right side of the tank and is about 6 inches. Try mysis shrimp. That's mine's favorite.

trukgirl 01-28-2010 01:03 AM

Haha! Funny! You can sorta see it in my crude tank photos.

Probably a dumb question, but would that type be freeze dried, live, or either?

I have kept lots of other fish for a long time, but he is my first knife. I want him to have a good, long life! :)

jaysee 01-28-2010 01:15 AM

This is my first knife as well - I've had him for 7 months now. When I first got him, mysis shrimp was all he'd eat.

The mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and tubifex worms are freeze dried. The bloodworms are frozen. Earth worms are chopped up. The ghost and cherry shrimp are live, as well as the feeders. I used to raise guppies, but I'm switching to convicts. I think they'll make for a much more interesting feeder breeder tank.

Does your cae give the knife a hard time?

trukgirl 01-28-2010 08:55 AM


Cool vid. Nice tank! Do you have to take the vid 12 ft away because he's scared of you? If I turn off one of my tank lights, mine will come right out of his cave. 95% of the time he will come out and as long as I am there, he will do a little "dance" (feeding time or not!) and if I put my hand to the glass its almost like I am "petting" him. Call me crazy, but he is so neat! I guess I should get a vid of him doing that, LOL!

Convicts huh? That will definitely be interesting!

jaysee 01-28-2010 10:16 AM

Chinese Algae Eater -> CAE

I took that video the same day I set the tank back up. I had them in a 55, but the seams were in bad shape so I put them in a 29 while a found a new 55. It took a couple weeks for it to settle in.

Yup, convicts

trukgirl 01-28-2010 11:22 AM

The CAE doesn't give the knife too much grief at all, in fact if he goes in knife's cave, the knife will kick him right out. The only fish I have to watch that cae with is my 2 little cory cats. He does pick on them now and then. I have had really good luck with him, he cleans up good and has a good temperament for a cae!

jaysee 01-28-2010 01:18 PM

I hope your good luck continues!

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