Monocirrhus polyacanthus
Explanation of the symbols


Family : Polycentridae
Origin : Amazon river, Peru, Gyuanas
Length of the vis : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Amazon leaffish, Leaf Fish, South American leaf fish
You can keep this rapacious fish together only with larger fishes.  The aquarium should be set up with roots and driftwood and large-leaved plants to create hiding places. 

They eat live food like fishes and black mosquito larvae.  They are robbers and they need daily live food equal to their own weight.

Breeding is not easy.  In a separate aquarium the eggs are attached to a cleaned leave. After spawning the female will be chased by the male, and she should be removed. The male takes care of the eggs.  After 4 days the eggs hatch.  The male should be removed as well.  You can raise the young fishes with Artemia-nauplii. The young grow at different rates and periodically must be sorted according to size to prevent cannibalism.

Photo Credit
Zierfische Böttner

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