The reedfish, ropefish, or snakefish, Erpetoichthys calabaricus, is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West and Central Africa. The rope fish (also known as the African rope fish or reed fish) is a very unique freshwater fish that adds a different dynamic to the aesthetic of your tank. While they’ve gotten a little more popular in recent years, the rope fish has had an avid following in the freshwater aquarist community for quite some time. They’re visually stunning (both in color and body shape), peaceful, and easy to care for.