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post #1 of 10 Old 11-14-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Leaf Fish

I'm looking towards in owning a leaf fish and add it to a tank -- do you guys suggest if I pick up the leaf fish, to leave it by itself or can i place it in my community tank?

the community tank consists of barbs and gourami

also do you guys know what fish are compatible with a leaf fish?


-=+8 Gallon Planted+=-
Fauna:
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Flora:
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-15-2009, 10:47 AM
Check its feeding habits/requirement befor buying!
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-15-2009, 09:17 PM
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I would not recommend a leaf fish at all for a community tank...you're best off seriously in a species only tank with that fish.

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1 Otos, 6 Guyana Leaf Fish, 2 Malayan Leaf Fish, 1 Orange Head Tapajos, 4 Bronze Cories, 3 Peppered Cories, 2 Panda Cories, 1 Skunk Cory

Seventy-Five:
3 Thread-finned Acara, 1 Jurupari, 1 Spiny Eel, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Festivum, 1 Spotted Raphael


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post #4 of 10 Old 11-15-2009, 10:44 PM
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I have mine in a 55 gallon with full grown Congo tetra, a pair of Pearl gouramis and a pleco with no problems. Anything small such as neons or guppies will probably get eaten.

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-15-2009, 10:52 PM
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I have mine in a 55 gallon with full grown Congo tetra, a pair of Pearl gouramis and a pleco with no problems. Anything small such as neons or guppies will probably get eaten.
However, bigger fish would be a more suitable environment community wise.

Twenty-Eight:
1 Otos, 6 Guyana Leaf Fish, 2 Malayan Leaf Fish, 1 Orange Head Tapajos, 4 Bronze Cories, 3 Peppered Cories, 2 Panda Cories, 1 Skunk Cory

Seventy-Five:
3 Thread-finned Acara, 1 Jurupari, 1 Spiny Eel, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Festivum, 1 Spotted Raphael


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post #6 of 10 Old 11-16-2009, 01:42 AM
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I've done the same research. What size tank do you have? I was looking at doing the leaf fish in a large tank with tiger barbs as well. I am personally under the impression it can work in the right size tank with proper aquascaping. I've also never had personal experience with the fish so it is just my opinion.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-19-2009, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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I've done the same research. What size tank do you have? I was looking at doing the leaf fish in a large tank with tiger barbs as well. I am personally under the impression it can work in the right size tank with proper aquascaping. I've also never had personal experience with the fish so it is just my opinion.
I'm planning to get a 55 Gal stand alone and put 2 african and 2 SA leaf Fish inside (iknow they are both from opposite sides of the world, but I think it may workout with the right aquascape -- dunno if I should go soft or hardwater?


-=+8 Gallon Planted+=-
Fauna:
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Flora:
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-19-2009, 11:11 PM
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The South American Leaf Fish (Monocirrhus Polyacanthus) likes soft, acidic water with Ph of 5-6.5 and hardness of 2-10dh. The African Leaf fish (Ctenopoma Acutirostre) Ph of 6-8 and hardness of 5-12dh. I don't have any experience with the SA so not sure how they will do together.

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55 Gallon - Polleni Tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
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75 Gallon coming soon!
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-20-2009, 06:01 PM
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Wow. That's a lot of gouramis. Just watch out for how big the leaf fish's mouth can get. It might eat some of the smaller gouramis, but if they can't fit in its mouth they will be okay. Leaf fish eat by sucking in their prey, so anything smaller than about 3 or 4 tetras put together will probably get eaten.

Also, this fish will only take live foods, so make sure your budget can handle it!
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-22-2009, 01:17 AM
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I got my Cteno from Petsmart and she has eaten prepared food from day one. She's not picky and eats flake, pellets, frozen and of course live (ghost shrimp and homegrown guppy fry). Not sure about the SA Leaf fish though. Check with the LFS to see what they are feeding them.

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