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Re: Clown knife question
"A Fish only grows to it's tank" Is actually a pretty inaccurate statement. Yours lived for only 5+ years in a 55 Gal tank because he was in a tank too small. Clown Knives can actually live a lot longer than that, providing that they are given enough space to fully grow. I commend you for already having a 150gal ready for him. Do you plan on buying a tank in the neighborhood of 300 gallons in the near future? You could make a nice predator tank with a tank that size(After all it doesn't seem to make much sense to have such a large tank for just one fish). Or are you having to take it down in a month bcause you are moving?
When a fish is kept in a tank too small, they become stunted. Their organs continue to grow, while their skeleton stops. The end result is a slow painful death because their organs grow and end up crushing eachother. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but sadly, thats just how it goes. I wish we could keep an oscar in a 30 gallon and have everything be ok, that would make stocking a tank a lot easier, and I know that you do care about your fish.
With the feeder fish, Might I suggest breeding your own? Feeding live fish is a bit of a controversy, but it is sometimes impossible to feed a clown knife anything else since they are predators. When you buy fish from the pet store and feed them to your knife without making sure they are in good health, who knows what diseases your exposing it to. He might not be sick now, but when he gets stressed, you might be pulling out your hair when you have to deal with multiple illnesses at one time.