Reed fish/rope fish

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Reed fish/rope fish

Postby dogfish » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:19 pm

Just got a reed fish from my local pets at home it is in a 180lt tank with large rummy nose tetras, rams, clown loach, and congo tetras its about 6inch, plenty of bogwood and caves in the tank, i feed twice a day with dry food and blood worm, any advice would appreciated thanks. Stuart
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Re: Reed fish/rope fish

Postby Carylnz » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:56 pm

I have no personal experience of these but found the following information;
The Rope Fish is a fascinating and primitive-looking fish related to Bichirs. The Rope Fish has many unusual physical features including a flattened head, elongated eel-like body, and thick bony scales that form a distinct reticulated pattern. In addition, the Rope Fish has a modified swim bladder that it uses like a pair of lungs. Found in slow-moving or standing water with low dissolved oxygen content, the Rope Fish relies on this physical trait to gulp fresh air at the water's surface to obtain vital oxygen.
Besides these remarkable physical characteristics, the Rope Fish is an interesting fish with a lot of personality. It is a curious and peaceful nocturnal fish that does well with other larger, peaceful fish. Due to its poor eyesight and nocturnal habit, the Rope Fish may seem, at times, reserved or reclusive. However, the Rope Fish is a social fish that prefers the company of other Rope Fish. The ideal setup is a large aquarium capable of housing two or more Rope Fish.
The aquarium should be heavily planted with plenty of hiding nooks created with roots or driftwood. Because the Rope Fish tends to move snake-like at the bottom of the aquarium, a fine gravel or sand substrate is recommended. The Rope fish is a notorious escape artist that can also jump a great distance. It is essential that the aquarium is equipped with a tightly fitting lid without holes. Though the Rope Fish is primarily a freshwater species, the addition of some aquarium salt may be beneficial.
The Rope Fish is a carnivorous fish that requires live food in its diet. Chopped meats, beef heart, insect larva, as well as tubifex, bloodworms and earthworms may also be included in the Rope Fish diet.
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Re: Reed fish/rope fish

Postby dogfish » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:07 pm

thanks alot for that, realy interesting fish shows well in the day as well, droped frozen block of blood worm in the tank and it was gone in five mins.
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Re: Reed fish/rope fish

Postby peter shogun » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:29 am

I have one also about 10" long loves prawns very intresting fish :)
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