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post #1 of 22
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After I moved, I left my fishies with friends because I didn't have room. Now I have some room so I decided to take my fish tank back, but with only one fish this time.

That fish was given to me about 2 years ago. Since then, I've had many, many aquarium disasters, costing the life of most of my fish. Except for him. He seems unkillable!

Anyways, I just realized that I never even gave him/her a name. So I'm asking for suggestions...
I don't know if it's a male or a female. Names of either gender would be fine.

Here are some old pics of him:




I know he's kind of freaky looking. Actually, he kind of freaks me out too when he starts swimming around really fast

For those of you who are curious, he's a ropefish (also known as reedfish or snakefish). They are from muddy african rivers and can grow to be around 36" long (mine is around 10" and doesn't seem to be growing very fast). They are carnivorous.
They are also able to breathe atmospheric air (their swim bladder is used as a primitive lung). In fact, if their access to the surface is blocked, they will drown.
Some of them like to escape... and they can live for up to 8 hours out of the water. Luckily, mine never did and I'll make extra sure he never does!!
Really neat little animals.
When he dies I don't think I'll replace him though. Since I got him, I found out that they do not breed in captivity and are all caught in the wild. I feel kind of bad about that.

Anyways, enough for the science lesson!

Now I need names. Any ideas??
post #2 of 22
Hmmmm, kinda reminds me of an oriental style dragon. How about "Dragon?"

Cindy
post #3 of 22
I've had similar aquarium dilemmas and when we move I disassembled my aquarium and gave my last 2 living fish to my brother.

How about "slick"?
post #4 of 22
That is one cool looking fish!

How about something Viking-ish? RAGNAAR

I understand your guilty feelings about the fish. When my boy got his aquarium he fell in love with these painted glass fish at Petsmart. We got some but they made my feel terrible b/c they had been injected with dye to make them colorful. The dye eventually came out of their system however, and two of the original three fish we got over THREE YEARS AGO are still with us!
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom

How about "slick"?
Actually, that made me think of another name: "Slinky"
That name doesn't make much sense for a fish, but I like it. It's funny.

Any other suggestions??
post #6 of 22
How about Moby, since he's such a tough customer?
post #7 of 22
I'd suggest "Oskar" (German spelling), because he reminds me of an eel, and there's a very memorable eel-fishing scene in the film version of Günther Grass's "The Tin Drum". http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...s=dvd&n=507846
post #8 of 22
they are really i saw some at the pet store the other day and forget it im never going to get one, its probably why all of your fishies die!

I got my fish tank back... hmm oct/november last year and my algea eater and one of my fishies are still alive.
MIL got me 10 fishies for my tank i think its a bit too much for a small tank but im getting my mummy to buy me a new fish tank

why dont you just call it
SNAKY?
post #9 of 22
I had a fish that looked like that....his name was Mojo.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
How about Moby, since he's such a tough customer?


post #11 of 22
I don't have a name suggestion, but I like him !
post #12 of 22
Hmmm...he made me think of an eel, too. What about Eli (or Ely, if you prefer)?
post #13 of 22
Sense he's being so durable, how about Tough?
post #14 of 22
He looks like a Frank.
post #15 of 22
Just curious. Where are you from? This kind of fish is also known as a snakehead, and are considered illegal in the states due to the fact that they can breathe out of water, and they end up killing most every other fish it comes in contact with.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by DinahCat
Just curious. Where are you from? This kind of fish is also known as a snakehead, and are considered illegal in the states due to the fact that they can breathe out of water, and they end up killing most every other fish it comes in contact with.
OMG scary!!
post #17 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DinahCat
Just curious. Where are you from? This kind of fish is also known as a snakehead, and are considered illegal in the states due to the fact that they can breathe out of water, and they end up killing most every other fish it comes in contact with.
Actually, I'm in Canada. I've never heard of those fish being illegal anywhere.
This fish has been in contact with many other fish (tetras, plecos, gouramis, loaches...) and the only ones he ever killed were the ones small enough to fit in his mouth (such as the small neon tetras). That's actually the only warning I've ever found about them... don't put them with fish small enough to eat. Other than that they are a quite peaceful fish.
I also can't imagine it surviving in the wild (let alone reproducing) and causing environmental damage if released (not that anyone should EVER do that anyways).

I'll look into it though. Let me know if you can find more information on them being illegal.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ok, I did a bit of research, and the fish you're thinking about is a completely different species:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries...snakehead.html

They do look pretty nasty!
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emma's Friend
That is one cool looking fish!

How about something Viking-ish? RAGNAAR

Perfect name for the fish.

post #20 of 22
How about "Stretch" he is so long, thats got the be the longest little fish I seen.. I like him
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well the little guy is home now. He wasn't too happy about the transfer, but now he gets a whole 35 gal aquarium to himself.

Thanks for the name suggestions. I think I decided on a name for him. I still like Slinky. But I also liked Ragnaar a lot. So I decided that his middle name will be Ragnaar.

Here's his complete name:

Mr. Slinky R. Fish
Profession: Ropefish

I wish I could make a plaque that says that and put it on the fish tank. It would make him look so sophisticated!
post #22 of 22
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