Black Ghost

Other Black Ghost Names: Black Ghost, Black Ghost Knifefish, Black Knife

Black Ghost Scientific Name: Apteronotus albifrons, Gymnotus albifrons, Sternarchus albifrons

Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons))

Temperature Range: 73°F-79°F
pH Range: 6-8
Hardness Range: 5-20°

Family: Apteronotidae

Species Type: Knife Fishes

Black Ghost Adult Size: 20 inches (cm)

Black Ghost Life Expectancy: 18 years

Black Ghost Habitat: South American rivers (Amazon)

Black Ghost Minimum Tank Size: 110 gallons

Black Ghost Temperament: Generally peaceful and reclusive, but can become aggreesive. Will eat small tank mates.

Black Ghost Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - Does well with a diet of flake or pellet foods. Can be supplemented with a diet of small fish, bloodworms, tubifex worms, brine shrimp, krill or beef heart. The Black Ghost Knifefish is nocturnal, so food should be added after lights are off to ensure the black ghost knife fish it receiving nutrition.

Black Ghost Description: The black ghost knifefish is an impressive specimen. It is nocturnal and reclusive but is a sight to behold when it comes out. It is important to note that this is a large specimen that can reach lengths of 20 inches long.

The black ghost knife fish thrives in aquariums that have plant life. This provides cover for them to hide. Some aquarium owners will purchase a clear plastic tube that is big enough for the knife fish to sleep inside. This allows viewing all day long when the animal is sleeping.

The fish is almost entirely black, but is differentiated by a distinct striped black and white tail pattern.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other peaceful community fish that will not fit into the mouth of the black ghost knifefish.

Black Ghost Breeding & Spawning: Breeding is not possible in a home aquarium setting.

Determining Black Ghost Sex: No easy method available to determine sex.

Aquarium Region: Bottom

Black Ghost Diseases: None specific to species, but the black ghost knifefish is very sensitive to most medications. For this reason it is recommended that UV sterilizers be used to reduce the chance of infection.

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