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Monocirrhus polyacanthus(Leaf Fish)

Laterally compressed, leaf-like fish with a mottled coloration and a large mouth. A short "stalk" at the end of the mouth and a passive, head-downwards mode of swimming completes the illusion, allowing these fish to hide among dead leaves until such time as they choose to swallow their prey.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

These fish are stealth predators and tend to hunt at dusk and dawn. They are not difficult to keep, but are very nervous, and are best kept in a single species aquarium or with larger but very gentle tankmates. Besides small fish, they will eat invertebrates of suitable size, in particular mosquito larvae and bloodworms.

Breeding occurs in soft, acid water. A pair will clean a suitable surface such as a stone or large leaf, and then once the eggs are laid, the male will guard them. The female should then be removed. The eggs hatch after four days, at which point they will eat newly hatched brine shrimps and other small live foods.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Peru
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 10 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but soft, acid water preferred
Water PH 6.0 to 7.0

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish in stock are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop

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