The Black Ghost (Apteronotus albifrons) is a most beautiful and elegant knifefish from South America. The species has a very wide distribution, wild collected specimens most often come from the Orinoco (Colombia and Venezuela). However, the up to 50 cm long species is also bred since many years in Indonesia on a regular basis.
The mode of swimming this species performes is uncomparable. There is no thinkable manouvre that cannot be figured by the species, may it be straight on, backwards, head up or head down, upside down or upside up.
First we obtained in 2008 a white sport of the Black Ghost from Indonesia. Now we were able once more to get these interesting animals, this time they are bred in Europe. They don´t differ at all from the wild type fish in respect of elegance and swaggering (these fish fight for their position in the hierarchy with mouths wide open; in this position they try to push away the contrahent), but they appear even more than their black ancestors in a ghosty way…
For our customers: the fish have code 207551 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer