New Fish, The Store Didn't Know What It Was.

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by astonishedman, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. astonishedmanNew MemberMember

    So I saw this fish today and couldn't NOT get it. The resident fish expert was off and the sub didn't know what it was. Was not marked on the tank. I've been unable to find it online by description. Hoping someone here might know.

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  2. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    I believe it’s a clown knife.
  3. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Agree with above, its a Clown knifefish.
  4. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    Agreed. They get huge, so you'll probably need to either get a much larger tank or rehome it eventually.
  5. astonishedmanNew MemberMember

    Wow! That was fast. I looked it up by that and see the similarity. Now I'm wondering if mine is injured. If you look closely at the pic it looks like a big bite out of it when compared to the other Clown Knife photos I've seen.
  6. JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    Wow! That's a huge chunk missing!
  7. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    Yikes, I didn't notice that before. I'm kind of suprised that it's still alive. Can you tell if the wound is healed over or not?
  8. astonishedmanNew MemberMember

    I don't see any open wound. I actually thought it was the shape of the fish until I compared with Clown Knife photos online. He must be really resilient to survive an injury like that. He doesn't swim as though he is injured.
  9. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    I think it may have been a birth deformity. The indent is pretty "smooth".

    But yes. Clown knives get huge. What size is your tank?
  10. astonishedmanNew MemberMember

    It's a 20 gallon. If he lives long enough to get huge I may be ready for a larger tank.
  11. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    It won't get huge in your 20g. It will get stunted.
  12. CraniumRexWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed. And just to clarify for the OP, "stunted" growth can be very painful for a fish. Basically the outside stops growing but the internal organs continue and are eventually so crammed in that it causes spinal deformities and premature death.

    Sorry, not trying to rain on the parade, just don't wait for it to get too big - be prepared for it well beforehand.

    Good luck! He/she looks like a survivor!
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018