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"My 44 gallon tank is not overcrowded. Firstly most knifefishes never grow 20 inches in aquariums, that twenty inches is based on a wild caught specimen out of the spacious amazon river. Secondly, have you heard of the inch per gallon rule. Every inch of fish needs a gallon of water. Tiger barbs and flying foxes grow three inches long; 6 total, times 3 inches equals 18 inches and a required 18 gallons of water. The 18 inches of the barbs and flying foxes and the 12 inches of firemouths and the 5" knifefish puts me not only under the limit according to the inch per gallon rule; but allows the knifefish to grow to a length of 14" long. Thirdly, knifefish are one of the slowest growing species of freshwater fish in the world. It will take years for my knifefish to even reach 14" in length. By the time he reaches 14", almost everything else in my tank will be dead. That's how long it takes knifefish to grow. I bought mine over two years ago when he was just under three inches long. That is an inch per year growth rate. And when he does get long enough, I have a 200 gallon tank with oscars he can move into. I am just growing him out in my more peaceful tank until he is big enough to live with some oscars with out getting eaten. Lastly, bottom feeders like plecos don't count towards the space required for the tank. Check your facts before criticizing someone who has 25 years of experience with fish."

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