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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fish of the Week: Centipede Knifefish

Type: FreshwaterSteatogenys duidae
A.K.A: N/A
Scientific Name: Steatogenys duidae
Origin: South America
Temperment: This is a very shy fish and is community safe. This fish does require lots of hiding spaces. The knifefish does like to hang out towards the bottom of the aquarium.
Lifespan: approx. 6-7 years
Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 6.2 - 6.8
-Temp: 75 - 82°F
Aquarium Size: A minimum of 30 gallons is required to keep this species healthy.
Fully Grown Size: 8 inches
Food: bloodworms and live foods. This fish does not eat flake food. You will need to feed this fish live foods.
Breeding: Little is known about the breeding habits of the centipede knifefish
Sexing: No external markings that can identify whether it is male or female.
Tank Mates: The Knifefish can be a community fish if it is not kept in groups of two or more. Don't put this fish with fish that are agressive.
*This fish is sensitive to some medications. Always do your research before medicating this fish or any others*
Where To Purchase:

Steatogenys duidae "Centipede Knifefish"

Here is a video of the little guy in action:

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