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Rope Fish

Portraits of CJ's Rope fish © Cheryl

Rope Fish © Steelers1
By: cemc
Common Name: Rope Fish
Latin Name:
Erpetoichthys calabaricus
West Africa, Nigeria Delta and Cameroon.
72-83°F (22-28°C)
Ease Of Keeping: Medium
Cannot be kept with smaller fish or frogs.
Lighting: dim to bright
Adult Size: 36" - 90cm
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallon
Live foods, frogs, beefheart and feeder guppies.
Spawning Method:
Hasnt been breed in captivity
Rope Fish Facts
  • Their color is dull brown and olive with a reddish hue on there belly.
  • Rope Fish are noctunal.
  • Mostly peaceful but they will eat anything that can fit in there mouths.
  • They are socialable with their own kind.
  • They can survive out of water for hours because of thier lungs.
  • They have bad eyesight so like a snake they use there sense of smell.
  • They usually eat only live food but they will take frozen.
  • They like to hide and enjoy caves, driftwood and well planted tanks.
  • You can tell the difference between a male and a female, the males have more bars on their caudal fins and the males caudal fin is olive/green while the female is a light orhcre.


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