Eigenmannia virescens

Common Names: Glass Knifefish
Green Knifefish
Synonyms: Sternachus virescens
Family: Sternopygidae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: America - South; South America
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Shoaler. Should not be kept with smaller fish.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Live fish preferred, but also accepts chunks of meat and meat-based formulations. Large, well-planted, well-filtered aquarium with subdued lighting and large shelters. Because this fish, like numerous other similar-looking fishes from South America, generates a weak electric field for nagivational and communication purposes, an aquarium containing this species should be positioned at a reasonable distance from any electrical equipment that generates powerful electric fields, such as computer monitors, Hi-Fi loudspeakers etc., as the electric fields from such devices may distress the fishes.
6.7 - 7.4
24°C - 30°C
75°F - 86°F
2 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 18cm (7.1")
Female: 18cm (7.1")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Females are somewhat smaller than males.
Breeding: Not accomplished in captivity.
Main Colours: Green, Clear
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Not Specified
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