Spotted african leaf fish
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Spotted african leaf fish

Spotted african leaf fish

This is a discussion on Spotted african leaf fish within the Freshwater and Tropical Fish forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> So I just got a spotted african leaf fish from petsmart.. A smaill one about 1 or 2 inches. So i put him in ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Ladder Loach
Ladder Loach
Lyretail Checkerboard Cichlid
Lyretail Checkerboard Cichlid
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Spotted african leaf fish
Old 05-24-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
 
Lightbulb Spotted african leaf fish

So I just got a spotted african leaf fish from petsmart.. A smaill one about 1 or 2 inches. So i put him in my biocube 14 gallons.. So far the only inhabitants in my tank are a clown pleco, the spotted african leaf fish and a female guppy which i will move later on today.. Do u thnk adding a oto catfish a good fit.. Also my water perameters are ph 7.6 amonia and nitrate and nitrite levels are all good.. temp is at 80-82..

thank you
jep
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
 
Byron's Avatar
 
First, as I see you recently joined, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

You have some trouble looming with the leaf fish, but first I'll comment on the oto. Otocinclus are shoaling fish, meaning they live in groups. Shoaling fish need the group for security and "comfort" but they also frequently have social/behavioural interactions among group members that are important for the health of the fish. A lone oto might make it, but the experience of the majority is that a single oto will waste away, literally. These fish are all wild caught and experience severe stress in capture and transport, leaving them in a weakened state. This makes them even more susceptible to inappropriate housing. You can read more in our profile of this fish. Profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top of the page, and you can click on the fish name in posts when it is shaded, example Oto Catfish.

The leaf fish also is in our profiles under its common name Leopard Ctenopoma. As noted therein, this fish has some unique needs and behaviours. It also needs a much larger tank in order to grow properly. I won't get into all that, as the Profiler covers it and I would only be repeating. Please have a read of the profile.

Byron.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Byron For This Useful Post:
jeppun21 (05-24-2011)
Old 05-24-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
 
Thank you so much byron.. the input u gave me really helped out.. So i was wondering is my clown pleco ok for my 14 gallon tank. I heard they grow to about 3-4 inches... but i was wondering what u can suggest for a unique freshwater fish for my tank.. i got the leaf fish thnking it would be ok since i read that it gets up to 4 or 4.5 in.. but i didnt thnk it would grow to 6 or more...

thank you so much
jep
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
 
redchigh's Avatar
 
A small school of celestial pearl danios might work... Or a CPO.
redchigh is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to redchigh For This Useful Post:
jeppun21 (05-24-2011)
Old 05-24-2011, 02:33 PM   #5
 
I didnt knw CPO's are that small.. Do u knw if they are difficult to take care of or are they like similiar crayfish?

jep
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 02:37 PM   #6
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I personally would not have a 4-inch pleco in so small a tank, but more for the visual than anything else. Pleco are different behaviour fish again, and if the water is well maintained it would (or should) not have health issues. But it may look, or it would to me, out of place in a relatively small space.

I'm hoping you can return the leaf fish, that would be wise and best for the fish, hoping someone who understands its needs can acquire it. But we can't stop stores from selling inappropriate fish.

I like to see small fish in "small" tanks and usually recommend such because having small fish means you can have more fish, and that means more interest in the aquarium, which will be more enjoyable and less likely to cause one to give up out of despair. There are many "dwarf" type species available, though sometimes one has to look for them. Many of these will be wild caught, which means paying close attention to their needs in water parameters (hardness, pH, temp).

Those fish profiles we have include many of the dwarf types, under the Cyprinids and Characins particularly, but there are also Endlers in the livebearer group that are not yet in the profiles. If you can tell us your tap water parameters (hardness and pH) this would allow us to suggest some options.

Byron.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Byron For This Useful Post:
jeppun21 (05-24-2011)
Old 05-24-2011, 02:48 PM   #7
 
Well i spoke to the store they said the fish is returnable... So my water perameters are ph level 7.8, ammonia 0.25, nitrite 0.25, nitrate 5.0... My Tank is well planted and im using sand as my substrate
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 03:02 PM   #8
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeppun21 View Post
Well i spoke to the store they said the fish is returnable... So my water perameters are ph level 7.8, ammonia 0.25, nitrite 0.25, nitrate 5.0... My Tank is well planted and im using sand as my substrate
Any idea on the hardness of the tap water? This is important because hardness actually has more of a direct impact on some fish than a steady pH, and also the hardness serves as a "buffer" to maintain a stable pH. You can find this out from your water supply folks, many now have a website with water data posted.

The ammonia and nitrite bother me, they should be zero. Which test kit are you using (some are more reliable than others)?
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 03:15 PM   #9
 
Im yousing the API master test kit for freshwater aquariums.. i thnk my fish tank hardiness level is 8 degrees...
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2011, 03:16 PM   #10
 
sorry i have a lot of questions.. im fairly new to freshwater aquariums thats why.. still learning and learning
jeppun21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
african leaf fish teddyzaper Ancient Fish 22 12-22-2012 07:15 PM
Spotted African Leaf Fish LasColinasCichlids Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 01-04-2011 05:17 PM
african spotted leaf fish? Aquarius Keeper Freshwater and Tropical Fish 17 10-30-2008 10:57 PM
Spotted African Cichlid fry- What do i do? weezy77 Fish Breeding 1 08-24-2008 10:11 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 AM.