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|Common name:||Mono, Malayan angel, Moonfish|
|Scientific name:||Monodactylus argenteus|
|Size:||10" (25cm), but usually smaller in aquaria.|
|Tank setup:||A large brackish tank (80 gallons/360 litres plus advisable for a shoal of adults)
with plenty of open swimming space. Branches, roots or bogwood can be used for decor, along with plastic plants if desired.|
|Compatibility:||Semi-aggressive towards its own kind, and is therefore best kept in a group of 5-6 or more to spread out
the aggression. Generally ok with other similar sized brackish fishes such as Scats and Archerfish.|
|Water chemistry:||Maintain in brackish conditions. Juveniles are often sold in fresh or slightly salted water, but
high-end brackish or marine conditions are preferable for adults.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous and will accept most aquarium foods, provide a varied diet including plenty of vegetable matter.
Will eat live plants.|
|Breeding:||Rarely accomplished in captivity; changes in salinity are required.|
A second Monodactylus species, M. sebae (often known as the Finger Mono) is fairly common, and has similar requirements.