Knife fish id

  1. Chach30

    Chach30 Valued Member Member

    Hey can someone tell me what this guy is

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  2. slayer5590

    slayer5590 Well Known Member Member

    Clown knife
     
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    Chach30

    Chach30 Valued Member Member

    Cool thanks
     
  4. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112 Valued Member Member

    Never seen a clown knife like that, generally more grey than silver w/ a line of dots.

    African knife?
     
  5. A

    Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    African knife is brownish to grayish brown, and is a solid color. Clown knifefish don't have stripes t. It looks real young. Stripes make me think this is more likely a chitala chitala, as the wiki for them says this.
    C. Ornanata is the clown knife.

    What size tank is it chach? It's gonna need a huge one, with a most likely maximum size of 30 inches long, tank should be around 4 feet deep, and probably needs to be at least six feet long.
     
  6. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    The knife is obviously a juvenile, and juvenile C. ornata have the striped pattern as well, so it is a bit soon to be positive about the species ID. It changes as they mature. A six foot tank really isn't big enough for either one of these fish.
     
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    Chach30

    Chach30 Valued Member Member

    It's not my fish and idk the tank size... I was just trying to figure it out... I Googled but couldn't figure it out
     
  8. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112 Valued Member Member

    All I know is a clown knife his size would be Polka-Dotted already. Thanks for showing me yet another knifefish I hadnt seen. =]
     
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    Chach30

    Chach30 Valued Member Member

    I hadn't either.... if there was one that stayed around 6in or so I'd get one
     
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    Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

    Haha, I knew I should have hedged my bets and assumed Juvie C. Ornatata had stripes. Tank size was really just a rough guess, gained on doubling the fishes max size. Im not at all surprised to see someone shoot that down. I'm guess 10-12ft, ie indoor pond xD, would be more appropriate?