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Old 08-21-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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Do all ghost knifes do this

Or is mine just weird
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Is that it next to the stone? It's looking for a place to hide and feel safe I think.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #3
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Mine was laying like that right before he passed. Does he move of you put your hand by him and swim normal.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Well I bought him from my local fish store a few days ago and all he does is lay on the sand and look dead until I touch him and then he ends up in the same place every 20 minutes
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Check your water parameters. They are very touchy. You should try leaving the lights off for a while too.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
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Well I bought him from my local fish store a few days ago and all he does is lay on the sand and look dead until I touch him and then he ends up in the same place every 20 minutes
It's likely stressed out and wants a safe place where it can acclimate. And as another pointed out, your water could be off.

Stop reaching in and touching it, that's even more stressful.

Did you research your new fish at all and find out what it needs before you bought it? It would seem not.

Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Black Ghost Knifefish

QUICK STATS Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Water Conditions: 73-80° F, KH 0-10, pH 6.5-7.0 Max. Size: 1' 6" Color Form: Black Diet: Carnivore Origin: South America Family: Apteronotidae
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The Black Ghost Knifefish is a member of the Apteronotidae family and the speckled knifefish group. It is considered a true bony fish. When properly cared for, the Black Ghost Knifefish can reach well over one foot in length. It possesses a weak electrical organ at the caudal peduncles which is used to locate food. It requires a minimum of a 50 gallon tank with excellent filtration. It is generally timid and reclusive, preferring a fine-gravel-bottom aquarium with plenty of roots and rocks for hiding places, as well as subdued to dark lighting. To better appreciate this fish, many hobbyists will purchase a "ghost tube," a clear plastic tube that facilitates viewing during the day. Once accustomed to its surroundings, the Black Ghost Knifefish can become incredibly tame and trusting to the point of being hand-held. It does well with other, larger species of a peaceful nature, but may be aggressive towards those of similar or smaller size.
Carnivorous, the Black Ghost Knifefish will eat all types of live foods including meat, chopped earthworms, as well as frozen and flaked foods.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #7
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BGK fish are nocturnal. If you don't have any places to hid that could be it. Get a nice size piece of pvc pipe and put it in there.
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I have one, and what yours seems to be doing is perfectly natural. For a fish like the knife fish to lay on its side is the only way it can get some rest, and that is all its doing. It's nothing to worry about at all.
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i have 2 african brown knifes and they dont lay on the bottom but do lay on leafs and prop itself up against rocks and decor..but like otheres have said its normal keep an eye on your water levels and get some type hide out that he can hide out...they get adapted to light when the dinner shows but there more active after lights out
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