Care Level: Moderate
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Rope Eel, also referred to as the Reed Fish, has a large distribution in slow-moving and densely vegetated rivers across western Africa. Perhaps one of the most iconic freshwater fishes, Rope eels catch the attention of new and seasoned hobbyists alike with their unique appearance and personality. While the Rope eel is the only species in the genus Erpetoichthys, they are closely related to Polypterus fish. Rope eels are not “true” eels because of the pair of pectoral fins in which eels lack. If the proper environment and diet are provided, Rope eels are relatively easy to care for. These fish have poor eyesight, and rely on their keen sense of smell to locate food. More than one Rope eel can be kept together successfully, as this species is non-aggressive toward each other. An adult Rope eel can reach an impressive size of 36.”
Diet Requirements: Rope eels are carnivores, and can be finicky at first but with the proper environment, will readily accept frozen foods including bloodworms, mysis shrimp, prawn and mussels. Dried foods are typically ignored, though some individuals have been reported to accept pellet foods. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 75 gallon aquarium is ideal for a Rope eel. The tank will need to be upgraded accordingly as this fish matures, or for a group of Rope eels. A tight fitting lid is absolutely necessary to prevent this fish from accidentally coming out of the aquarium. Rope eels should be added only into a biologically established aquarium, as they cannot tolerate nitrite or ammonia. Biweekly water changes should be done to keep water chemistry favorable (Nitrates < 30 ppm). Aquascape the aquarium with a fine to sandy soft substrate, driftwood, low-light live plants and other natural-looking arrangements to provide cover and hiding spaces. A nocturnal species, Rope eels would prefer less intense lighting. While Rope eels are peaceful, they should not be trusted with fish species that can fit in their mouths and become a meal. Their poor eye sight and dietary needs should be taken into consideration when choosing tank mates. Avoid overly competitive and active fish, and stick with more docile species such as medium to large-sized catfish, tetra, gourami, and certain cichlids for example. Recommended water conditions, 74-82° F, KH 5-20, pH 6.0-7.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 8” to 10”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.