Brown Ghost Knifefish, Little-Scale Knife Sternachella schotti
Physical description: An elongated species with a long snout. The anal fin runs from anus on the underside of the head to the caudal penuncle. The caudal fin is very small. The coloring is brown black with a slender white band at the base of the caudal fin.
Size/Length: To 8" (20 cm)
Similar species: Apteronotus leptorhynchus
Habitat: South America; widespread throughout the Amazon River Basin
Aquarium: A 40" (101 cm), 45-55 gallon (170-210 L) tank is sufficient. Follow suggestions for A. albifrons.
Water chemistry: pH 5.8-7.5 (6.8), 3-14 dH (8), 73-81°F (23-27°C)
Social behavior: An interesting fish which is aggressive towards similar species, those of the sub-family Apteronotinae. Otherwise, this species can be combined with almost any other peaceful fish. Do not combine with swallow able fish.
Suggested companions: Angelfish, Eartheaters, Acaras, catfish, Silver Dollars, Leporinus, Anostomus, Gouramis.
FOOD: Live; insect larvae, worms, Artemia ; tablets; chopped meat
Sexual differences: Unknown
Breeding techniques: Unknown
Breeding potential: 10. Has not been reported.
Remarks: This species frequently rests lying on its side.
Difficulty of care: 5. This hardy, robust species should have live foods included in its diet.
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