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

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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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Platylover

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I believe it’s a clown knife.
 

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Agree with above, its a Clown knifefish.
 

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

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Wow! That's a huge chunk missing!
 

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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?
 
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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.
 

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

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astonishedman said:
It's a 20 gallon. If he lives long enough to get huge I may be ready for a larger tank.
It won't get huge in your 20 gallon. It will get stunted.
 

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bizaliz3 said:
It won't get huge in your 20 gallon. It will get stunted.
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!
 
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