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African Ropefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus)

African Ropefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus)

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African ropefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus) are a unique and intriguing species of fish native to west and central Africa. Also called “reedfish” or “snakefish”, they belong to the bichir (Polypteridae) family and are the only species in their genus. Ropefish have lungs that enable them to breathe atmospheric air and have been observed coming onto land for brief amounts of time. 

Currently available specimens are wild caught imports. 

Care Level: Beginner-intermediate.

Diet: Primarily carnivorous feeding on various worms, crustaceans, insects, snails, and small fish. 

Adult Size: Up to 20” is reported although 12”-15” is most common in aquaria. 

pH: 6.8-8.0

Water Temps: 75-82F

Other Care Preferences: alkaline to moderately hard water is best for this species. A tight fitting lid is a must to prevent escapes and care should be taken to make sure they cannot get into filter intakes. While peaceful they will eat fish and inverts smaller than them. 


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