Clown Knifefish (Chitala ornata)

Clown knifefish

The Clown Knifefish is a beautiful fish, but reaches up to 100cm in the wild, and usually at least 50cm in aquariums, so only very large tanks (250cm/8 foot absolute minimum) are suitable. Plenty of hiding spots amongst decor and plants should be provided, along with open swimming spaces. Cover from bright light is also important. The Clown knife fish is intolerant of its own kind, so must be kept singly. Being a natural predator, tankmates must be a good size, peaceful, and robust.

This fish is excluded from the Compatibility Checker as it is unsuitable for community aquariums or may require expert care.

Clown Knifefish Facts

Behaviour : Aggressive towards others of its kind 
Typical size : 50cm 
Max size : 100cm 
Tank Area : Middle 
Min Tank Size : 180cm 
Max Number : 1 
Temp Min : 24℃ Max : 28℃ 
Feeding : Live, frozen, pellet, dried, meaty foods 
pH Range : 5.5-7.5 
Hardness : vs,s,m

Family Notopteridae (Featherbacks or Knifefishes) | Synonyms Notopterus chitala, N. buchanani, N. ocellifer, Mystus chitala | Other names Clown Featherback | Origin Asia; Mekong River Basin | Breeding Eggs are laid on objects and cared for by both parents. Parental care is lost a few days after hatching | Natural Water Conditions pH 5.5-7, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Flowing waters and large pools, flooded regions.

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