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Reed Fish, also known as Erpetoichthys calabaricus, a unique and fascinating species that is sure to capture the attention of any aquarist. Here’s a detailed care guide to help you keep your Reed Fish healthy and happy:
Housing: At smaller sizes, Reed fish can temporarily be housed in 20-30 gallon.
Adult Reed Fish require a minimum tank size of 50 gallons, with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots, such as plants, driftwood, or caves. They prefer soft, slightly acidic water with a pH between 6.5-7.5 and a temperature range between 72-83°F.
Water quality: It is important to maintain good water quality for Reed Fish. Regular partial water changes and a good filtration system are essential to keep the water clean and free of harmful toxins.
Diet: Reed Fish are carnivorous and require a varied diet consisting of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small pieces of fish or shrimp. They will also accept high-quality pellets or flakes.
Behavior: Reed Fish are nocturnal and prefer to be active at night. They are peaceful and do well with other peaceful species. They are also known for their ability to breathe air, so make sure to leave an opening in the tank cover for them to access the surface.
Breeding: Reed Fish have been bred in captivity, but it can be difficult to do so. They require a large tank with plenty of hiding spots, and the water quality must be carefully maintained. The female will lay her eggs on a flat surface, and the male will fertilize them. The eggs will hatch in 24-48 hours, and the fry can be fed on small live foods such as infusoria or commercially available fry food.
Erpetoichthys calabaricus, is a unique and fascinating species that requires proper care and attention to thrive in the aquarium. With their eel-like appearance and nocturnal activity, they are sure to be a standout addition to any aquatic environment. Order now and experience the beauty and intrigue of Reed Fish in your aquarium!
Name: Reed Fish
Science Name: Erpetoichthys calabaricus
Max Size: 4″
pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Temperature: 72-83F° (22.5-28°C)
Care Level: Medium
Life Expectancy: 15-20 Years
Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 50 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in pairs, or groups 4+