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Finger Mono

Finger Mono, Monodactylus sebae Finger Mono, Monodactylus sebae, semi-adult
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Common name:Finger Mono, Sebae Mono, West African Mono
Scientific name:Monodactylus sebae
Size:10" (25cm), but usually smaller in aquaria.
Origin:West Africa
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.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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.
Comments: A second Monodactylus species, M. argenteus is commonly encountered, and has similar requirements.




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