Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==In the aquarium== Clown knifefish are sold as exotic fishes in pet stores, but they grow much too large for the average home aquarium. It is necessary to keep in mind that these fish will grow fast and very large even in captivity (about 50 cm), so should be kept in aquariums of at least 500 liters in order to reach their full growth potential. It is not advised to have [[tankmate]]s small enough to be considered food. These fish enjoy periods of retreat, so aquariums which have caves, plants, or other hiding places are preferred. They are jumpers, so the lid should be kept tightly closed (with weights - larger specimens may knock the lid out). Dim lighting may help lessen jumping issues. For the first few days, clown knifefish are shy and prone to hiding. As they grow larger they tend to be quite the opposite. These fish have their own personalities, attaching themselves to their [[handler]]s to the point of being "hand-held" when moving or doing some maintenance. ===Feeding=== Clown knifefish are hearty eaters, one of the reasons people like them as pets. They are predatory fish and will take live foods such as [[feeder fish]], ghost shrimp and blackworms. With time they can be adapted to foods such as [[beefheart]] and will sometimes learn to accept commercial food pellets. They are mostly [[nocturnal]], thus prefer feeding when the lights are off. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Fishapedia are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://fish.fandom.com/wiki/Chitala_ornata"