Fish / pet store,
Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted Jun 01, 2013
The ropefish looks like evolution got confused and gave us a snake-dragon-fish. They are really cool looking but can be deceiving when purchased. Usually int he pet stores, they are thin and about 10 inches long at best. Don't be fooled, this little oddball can grow almost 3 feet long. They prefer to be housed with other ropefish so they should never be kept in less than a 50-gallon tank. They are nocturnal and have very poor eyesight so they will seem shy around other fish.
This is a meat eating fish but again, they have bad eyesight. They should be fed a variety of meats. Usually you can train them to eat chopped meats but they will also take blood worms and earthworms pretty easily.
Ropefish have a different swim bladder and they gulp air from the top of the tank. Due to that and their slim snake-like body, they need to be kept in tanks where the top is completely covered or they may find their way out.