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Leopard Ctenopoma (Ctenopoma acutirostre)

The Leopard Ctenopoma or (Ctenopoma acutirostre) is a fairly aggressive freshwater fish. It is a quite popular aquarium fish due to its strange appearance, but should be kept with fish of around the same size to confrontations. Also known as the Spotted Climbing Perch, this fish has a leopard like pattern with very short fins. This fish is a carnivore that should be fed krill or ocean plankton. Occasionally pellet food or flakes is ok as well. The Leopard Ctenopoma is a sit and wait predator like the Lancetfish. Lots of plant life and other hiding spaces as recommended for this fish. Growing to only 15cm this fish has a surprisingly large mouth for its body which it uses to swallow its prey whole.
Water temperatures of 73-82° F, and a PH 6.5-7.5 is suggested for best results. This fish originates from Africa in the Congo Basin.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love these little guys. Occasionally they yawn and you can appreciate the size of their mouth. They are usually peaceful to fish that are too big to be considered food. Ive heard that they will fight others of the same species though. They shouldn't be kept with aggressive fish, as they will not fight to defend themselves very well. Awesome little guys.

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