Adult Size: 11 – 16″″
Minimum Tank Volume: 200 litres
Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
Ideal pH: 6.8 – 8
Compatibility: Peaceful with medium sized fish
Diet: Carnivore, small meaty foods
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
One of our favourite oddballs! The reed fish is a prehistoric looking fish from Africa. Despite their menacing appearance, they are peaceful with fish larger too large to swallow (2″ or larger). They glide around the aquarium like dragons using their pectoral fins. Ensure that the tank has a tight fitting cover as they are escape artists.
What do Reed Fish eat?
Reed Fish are carnivores. This means that they eat meaty foods and not plant matter. Live Bloodworms are relished as are frozen foods such as mysis shrimp. Many sinking pellet foods have been developed with carnivorous fish in mind. Reed Fish will usually accept pellet foods. Remember that a varied diet is always best.
What decoration is best?
Reed fish love exploring caves, logs and other under water decorations. Be sure to provide areas of both shade and open space to allow your fish to explore.
What fish make good tank mates for Reed Fish?
most peaceful medium fish get on well with Reed Fish. Common tank mates are Gouramis, Mollies, Barbs and large tetras like congos.
How do I look after the tank?
Reed Fish, like most fish, thrive in consistent conditions and for this reason it is never a good idea to change all of the aquarium water at once. Change 10 – 25% of the water every week using a siphon to remove debris from the gravel. This is also a good time to perform maintenance on your filter. Always clean filter sponges in water that you have removed from the aquarium and not tap water. This is because the sponges provide a home to countless good bacteria that help to maintain your tank and the chlorine in tap water would kill them.
Before adding clean water to the aquarium always add the correct amount of dechlorinator and a bacteria starter.