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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:58 am Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 keeping  two  in  a  tank  is  not  a  good  idea.  The  smaller  one  will  get  beaten  up.  The  size  of  tank  or  number  of  hiding  places  do  not  matter.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 My  experience  with  BGK  fish.
 
 I  had  started  off  the  same  as  you  with  2  small  BGK  in  a  small  2ft  tank.   And  i  thought  they  were  territorial  so  i  gave  them  many  hiding  places.  But  whenever  they  would  cross  paths  the  bigger  one  would  always  attack  the  small  one.
 
 Soon  i  upgraded  my  tank  to  a  3.5  ft.  55gal  Tank.  This  did'nt  help  much  because  they  grow  so  fast  that  they  were  already  around  7-8  in  each.  And  the  aggression  got  worse,  finally  i  separated  them  but  i  think  it  was  too  late.  The  smaller  BGk  kept  falling  sick  and  i  couldnt  keep  her  alive  long.
 
 The  Larger  male  BGK  is  15-16"  large  now  and  loves  it  being  single  in  my  4ft  90  Gal  planted  tank.  I  have  kept  2  PVC  pipes  in  the  background  behind  some  large  driftwood.  He  sleeps  there  during  the  day,  just  coming  out  for  a  couple  of  minutes  searching  for  food  during  the  day.  But  as  soon  as  the  lights  goes  off  he  rules  the  tank.  He  also  eats  out  of  a  feeding  spoon  now.
 
 
 
 I  really  love  this  fish.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:55 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 16  inches..  thats  huge..
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 keep  the  water  clean  by  doing  20  percent  water  changes  every  3  days  or  so,  and  a  really  good  filter.  Avoid  sudden  temp  fluctuation,  don't  overcrowd  fish  in  its  tank.  give  it  a  nice  place  to  hide  in.  feed  liver,  live  food,  tetrabits,  keep  this  up  for  years,  at  least  5  different  and  nourishing  food  types,  you  will  have  a  healthy  fast  growing  BHK.  In  winters,  do  not  add  cold  water  to  the  tank,  heat  it  till  it  is  the  same  temp  as  the  aquairum  water.  
 
 That  is  it!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:06 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 The  previous  mesage  was  in  response  to  how  to  keep  BHK  free  of  ick.  
 
 I  also  wish  to  add  that  if  the  fish  gets  ick,  then  heat  treatment  method  is  best,  not  meds.  But  ti  should  bne  done  half  the  rate,  that  means,  heat  the  water  over  the  course  of  an  entire  day  or  two,  not  in  a  few  hours.  
 
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 you  have  a  fish  that  is  proof  of  your  excellent  fishkeeping.  What  a  monster  you  have  now!  my  BHK  never  had  that  intimidating  look!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 BGK  is  in  my  must  keep  list.....
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:00 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 2000  Rs  for  Hikari  food?  is  it  imported?  because  I  dont  think  Hikari  products  are  that  expensive.  Have  you  checked  LFS  for  this  hikari  food?
 
 I  have  been  using  Hikari  Micropallets  &  First  bites  for  my  fancy  guppies  &  their  babies  and  both  are  reasonably  cheap(when  I  say  reasonably  they  are  still  expensive  than  local  brands   Chuckle  ...).
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:04 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 Hikari  tropcia  flakes  or  goldfish  flakes,  for  15#  bucks,  are  available  in  delhi.  last  for  2  months,  excellent  value.  
 
 BTW,  black   ghost  knifefish  do  very  well  in  planted  tanks,  so  i  dont  agree  with  the  idea  that  they  are  not  platned  tank  fish  at  all.  Mine  love  plants,  never  damage  them,  and  seek  their  cover  too.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:30 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 i  kept  BGK  in  past  (7inch).  
 he  comes  out  by  meaty  food  smell/sense   Dog   
 
 and  he  used  to  catch  meaty  food  from  my  hand   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:42 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 what  are  the  fishes  compatible  with  them.....I  dont  think  small  tetras  and  guppys  are
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:25 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

                                                   
jabba  wrote  (View  Post):                
what  are  the  fishes  compatible  with  them.....I  dont  think  small  tetras  and  guppys  are                

 Nope..  guppys  and  tetras  are  good  snacks  for  them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:57 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 They  will  eat  any  fish  that  can  fit  in  its  mouth.   Rock On
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 Yup..  they  rip  your  guppies..
 
 I  had  kept  Black  ghost  knife  along  with  4  pairs  of  butterfly  guppies  without  knowing  &  the  next  day  I  could  find  only  1  that  too  without  its  tail..
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:27 pm Post subject: Re: New Black ghost knife fish Reply with quote

 @Romi  Excellent  advise.  Thank  you.  They  love  plants  and  hide  behind  them  a  lot.  Was  concerned  about  Ich  since  I  recently  lost  4  Dwarf  puffers  kept  in  a  separate  tank  due  to  Ich.
 @ksandy01  That  was  the  quoted  price  on  ebay.in  
 I  was  able  to  source  a  local  fish  food  stick  that  contains  beef  heart.  It  is  a  bit  hard,  but  the  BGK  chomp,  spit  it  out  and  then  swallow  them.
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