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South American Leaf Fish



Picture of Leaf fish Picture of Leaf Fish
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:South American Leaf Fish
Scientific name:Monocirrhus polyacanthus
Synonyms:(none)
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Amazon (Peru)
Tank setup:A well planted mature tank, with very slow water movement. Best kept in a species tank.
Compatibility:Predatory, do not keep with small fishes.
Temperature:22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistry:Very soft and acidic (pH 6.-6.5). High quality essential.
Feeding:A carnivore, which is unlikely to accept anything other than live foods.
Sexing:The female is larger and deeper bodied.
Breeding:The male guards the eggs, which are laid on leaves or other flat surfaces. Eggs hatch after 4 days. The fry may be cannibalistic.
Comments: Adult fish are mainly piscivorous (feed on other fish), and hang motionless in the water waiting for prey. Frequent small water changes and high quality filtration are essential.

 

 

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