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Royal Knifefish (chitala blanci)

Royal Knifefish (chitala blanci)

The Royal Knifefish or Royal Featherback (chitala blanci) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Royal Clown Knifefish, Indochina Featherback, and Mekong Featherback is endemic to the Mekong river drainage in Cambodia, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic as well as the Mekong delta region and Tonlé Sap lake system. Royal […]

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Clown Knifefish

The Knifefishes

Knifefish are a shy, secretive species that are found throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America.   Although many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts find several of these species somewhat challenging to keep, they have also become one of the most sought after “oddball” species in the aquarium trade. Freshwater knifefish species are generally grouped into […]

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Centipede Knife Fish (Steatogenys duidae)

Centipede Knife Fish (Steatogenys duidae)

The Centipede Knife Fish (Steatogenys duidae) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Leaf Knifefish or Grass Knifefish, is a nocturnal South American species that is found primarily in the deep water forest pools and creeks of the Amazon River and it’s tributaries throughout Venezuela and Brazil. During the rainy season, Centipede Knife […]

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Clown Knifefish (C. ornata)

Clown Knifefish (C. ornata)

The Clown Knifefish (C. ornata) is a South East Asian species that is also referred to as the Clown Featherback, Spotted Knifefish, and Spotted Featherback by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts.   Its close Indian relative the Chitala chitala is also called the Clown Knifefish, Royal Clown Knifefish, Royal Spotted Knifefish, or Spotted Featherback, and is […]

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Black Ghost Knifefish – The Friendly Ghost

The Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons) is a true bony fish that has a weak electrical organ at it’s caudal peduncles that run throughout the length of their body.  The organ is apparently used for communication and to help locate and identify it’s food. The scaleless Ghost Knifefish is predominantly black with two white rings […]

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