Fish Zone: black ghost knife fish care

Sep 11, 2008 - Habitat/Care: Black knife ghost fish require a large tank due to their large size
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Appearance and Care:
When full grown, Black ghost knifefish measure from 10-22 inches from nose to tail. Female Black ghost knifefish are usually larger than males. The Black ghost knifefish is mostly a jet black color with a bit of sliver coloration on the tip of its fins, and two stripes behind the head that are dull white. The knifefish gets its name from its appearance; its body is knife shaped.
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are good for keeping the substrate clean and free of food debris. Their conical shell also does a good job of turning the soil as they move. This neutralises any anaerobic spots that may develop in the substrate. MTS also eat the faeces of fish. Black Ghosts don’t poop as often as Goldfish, but the size of their single excrement quite large. So it’s good to have someone around to take care it. Another fun fact is that the Ghosts excrete from what seems to be their neck. Black ghost knife fish? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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Diet:
Black ghost knifefish are primarily carnivores that are usually fed a diet of live food, canned fish food, and fish flakes. Most Black ghost knifefish are fed guppies, shrimp, crayfish, tetras, smelts, and commercial fish flakes. Care should be taken when feeding live food to ensure all the fish are healthy and disease free. Black ghost knifefish that are solely fed a live fish diet often need a vitamin supplement to insure they get all the nutrients they need to be healthy. David Cessna, NC, August 16, 2012
Since i got info from reading, i only thought it fair to contribute! Had my BGK a couple of weeks now, in an overstocked, undersized, but well established and healthy tank, it's quite young, less than three inches. Beautiful and healthy. My favorite fish for sure. It gets along fine with the powder blue gourami, albino cory cats, mystery snails, glass(or ghost, cant remember) catfish. Every now and then the glofish from petsmart get territorial, but with everything not just the bgk. It's only darting at them and turning though, like playing chicken, or trying to scare instead of injure. The black mollies, i think, believe the BGK to be one of them from time to time and do that playful nipping when they're trying to hook up, which freaks out the BGK but once they break line of sight it's like it never happened. Rainbow shark nips from time to time, but the BGK does it back, and neither one seems very worse for it, in a few months though that rainbow shark is going to regret it lol. the african dwarf frogs will nip at the BGK during feeding time, but they dont ever connect, and with african dwarf frogs it would be strange if this didn't occur. A pair of pictus cats drive everyone crazy, bgk included, but it just swims (backwards!) off of the bottom untill the pictus go back to their den, and then resumes whatever it was up to. The ghost shrimp remain unharmed, all appendages accounted for. This is the only BGK i've had, so i don't know if this applies accross the board, but the best tank mates by far for the BGK are my black kuhli loaches. They will lay out with each other, in the day light! After reading the entire BGK page i understand that this isn't typical behavior so i had to share, and i will return with pictures! Also it never bothers the clams. Nothing ever has, but that doesn't mean it diminishes the fact. The bgk loves hiding under low spots, and goes in my tubes, but not my bottles, not even once, it can tell (i think) that there is only one way in or out. The preferred hiding spot by far is the roots on the dwarf lily bulbs. i grew the roots through things, and the BGK 'stands' vertically, head upwards, and just sleeps in the roots! For feeding I was told bloodworms, which i use in frozen and freeze dried form already. First i add my flakes, then freeze dried bloodworms, broken up bottom feeder tabs, broken up algea wafer, then after a couple of minutes the thawed bloodworms and the BGK always disappears at this point. The way they swim would indicate illness in common fish, it looks weird at first, but upon learning it was normal, i am very proud of the fact. I hope this makes it to your BGK page, i am pleased so far with this fish, worth the money!