Fish of the Thirty day period
Difficulty: November 2003
Prevalent Names: Clown knifefish, clown featherback
Sort Locality: Bengal River and Bebar River, India
Selection: India: Indus, Ganges-Brahmaputra, and Mahanadi drainages. Stories from other Asian regions suspected of staying congener species.
Taxonomic Difficulties: At first explained as Mystus chitala, afterwards Notopterus chitala, and N. notopterus. Generally puzzled with Chitala ornata and C. lopis. Aquarium literature interchanges these names routinely, and even though aquarists can simply identify this fish, its act
Dimensions: 122 cm (48 inches)
Most well-liked Drinking water Chemistry: Freshwater. Tropical. Temperature 24 to 28 levels Celsius (75 to 83 levels Fahrenheit), pH six. to eight., tender to tough, 70 to 350 ppm. Does greatest at greater temperatures.
Issues: Will have to have gigantic aquarium to accommodate four-foot grownup sizing, usually of reasonable trouble, generally owing to feeding challenges.
Tank Set up: The plan is a solitary specimen tank. Nocturnal, so caves or comparable go over are important for the fish to come to feel safe. Only pretty younger specimens are suitable with conspecifics two fish in the exact same tank will combat ferociously. Commonly tranquil with ot
Feeding: Carnivore, generally challenging to coach to non-residing food items. Will try to eat more compact fish, earthworms and other invertebrates, and at times food items these types of as uncooked floor turkey or ready foodstuff sticks.
Breeding: Eggs are laid on a (ordinarily vertical) floor. Males protect the eggs and fry ferociously, even threatening oncoming boats. They are bred commercially in Asia, but ordinarily not in aquaria owing to their sizing.
Description: Superior entire body and little head give a humpback physical appearance. In general silvery gray with extra than a dozen diagonal dim bars in juveniles providing way to dim ocellated places as the fish matures. Little, feather-like dorsal fin. Caudal and anal fins fused, ready to propel the fish ahead or backward by reversing undulation. An albino domestic pressure exists.
Notes: This is a person of individuals frequent species that should not be. Extremely handful of aquarists can correctly home these behemouths. Beautiful and attention-grabbing, juvenile clown knives are generally ordered for neighborhood tanks. As they expand, they try to eat all their tankmates, then turn into stunted and sickly as the glass partitions shut in on them. And they expand immediately!
In a suitably significant aquarium–extra an indoor pond–this species would make a interesting screen. They hunt generally by scent and glide up to their prey making use of undulations of their fused caudal-anal fins to shift by the drinking water. They will generally again into their favored lair tail-very first. THey are nocturnal and territorial and devote most of the working day in their caves, although they immediately master to appear out for feeding. The more mature they get, the extra sedentary and territorial they turn into. When the lights go out, having said that, they can be noticed prowling together the base, at any time warn for a creature little plenty of to entice in their potent jaws. Unless of course challenged by a different knifefish or tempted by a tankmate little plenty of to swallow, the clown knife ordinarily receives together with any other species that will not likely trouble them. Huge catfish may possibly vie for cave areas, so make certain there are loads to opt for from.