The Ossa Knifefish is a large, long-snouted predatory fish native to the streams and rivers of Colombia. This fish has become highly popular among aquarists due to its unique size, shape, and color pattern. These fish range in size from six to eight inches long, making their tank accommodations rather specific.
As stated above, the Ossa Knifefish is larger than most freshwater tropical fish popular with aquarists. Their health and well-being demand that this species be kept in larger than standard tanks, giving them more room to move. While this species is primarily docile, they have been known to be aggressive in some circumstances.
The Ossa Knifefish is a larger, predatory freshwater tropical fish. Due to this fact, finding suitable tankmates is somewhat tricky. There are many bits of information to consider when choosing an appropriate species to pair with your Ossa Knifefish. The most important of these is the size of the other fish in the tank. Since the Ossa Knifefish is predatory, it will consume smaller fish in the tank. For this reason, it is crucial to find tankmates of similar size.
The Ossa Knifefish is a relatively slow swimming fish and struggles to compete with faster fish species during feeding time. This fact is essential when choosing tankmates as faster fish will consume their food, leaving them starved and malnourished. Make sure to address this fact when selecting the right tankmate for your Ossa Knifefish.
The Ossa Knifefish species is carnivorous in their natural habitat, where they have a diet that consists of insect larvae, small fish, and crustaceans. Due to their particular diet, this species is more complicated than most for finding the right balance of food to keep them at their most healthy. Failure to provide adequate nutrition will result in lethargic behavior and possible disease.
Feeding the Ossa Knifefish is also a tricky endeavor. Because they move rather slowly, and their diet is based primarily on protein, it is crucial to find tankmates that will not eat their food. Though the Ossa Knifefish can be aggressive, it will not compete for food, so it requires an environment free from food competition.
How long can an Ossa Knifefish live?
The lifespan of this species is generally four to six years if kept in a healthy and clean environment.
What is the best food for an Ossa Knifefish?
In the wild, their primary diet is small fish and crustaceans. In captivity, their preferred diet is small shrimp.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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