Chitala ornata

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Notopteridae
Origin : South East Asia
Length : 100 cm - 40"
Min. length aquarium : 300 cm - 120"
English names : Clown featherback, Clown Knifefish, Featherback, Thousand Dollar Knife Fish
This fish is not suited for an aquarium at home because he gets too big.  They are very intolerant to each other and they bite.  He is active during the evening and the night.  You should plant the aquarium densely on the sites and background.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  You should create some hiding places by using driftwood and stones.

They are real predators, so they eat large live food such as earthworms and mussels.

Breeding is difficult.  They need a very large aquarium.  The eggs are laid and fertilized on a substrate.  The male cares for the eggs.  After a week the eggs hatch.  The male cares for the fry another few days.  After that you should move the young fishes to a separate aquarium.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Sam Jaffe

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