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Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)

The Black Ghost Knifefish Apteronotus albifrons is the most popular knife fish. One reason for this is that they have been imported for decades. Other reasons include being unusual, interesting and amazingly beautiful.

This fish is also simply known as a Black Ghost. It is a member of the Apteronotidae Family of ‘ghost knifefish’.

Minimum Tank Size: 100 gal (379 L)
Suitable for Nano Tank: No
Substrate Type: Sand/Gravel Mix – Needs a fine gravel substrate.
Lighting Needs: Low – subdued lighting
Temperature: 73.0 to 82.0° F (22.8 to 27.8° C)
Range ph: 6.0-8.0
Hardness Range: 5 – 19 dGH
Brackish: No
Water Movement: Moderate – This is a species that will apprecaite a moderate to strong water flow.
Water Region: Bottom – This species of knifefish spends most of its time near the bottom.

Diet Type: Carnivore
Flake Food: No
Tablet / Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Most of Diet
Meaty Food: All of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Daily – When acclimating the Black Ghost Knifefish, offering it several feedings a day can help it get comfortable with coming out more.