Royal Knifefish (Chitala blanci)

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Royal Knifefish

Chitala blanci.jpg
Royal Knifefish

Chitala blanci

1325 Litres (350 US G.)

100-120 cm (39.4-47.2")




6.5 - 7.2

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Royal Knifefish, Indochina Featherback, Mekong Featherback

Additional scientific names

Notopterus blanci

Diet[edit | edit source]

This species eats live food or other prepared meaty foods.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish requires pristine water quality. It also prefers swift moving water, making high filtration necessary for this species' health.[1]

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A large growing nocturnal predator.

Identification[edit | edit source]

These Knifefish are identical in shape to their cousin the Clown Knifefish and do have a small dorsal fin. Their flanks are deep grey with darker speckling. The belly is paler in colour.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

In a pet store tank:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Royal Knifefish - Chitala blanci July, 06 208 12:17 PM EST

External links[edit | edit source]