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Leaf Scorpionfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Leaf Scorpionfish
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The color of the Leaf Scorpionfish, also known as the Leaf Fish, or Paper Fish, varies between red, yellow, brown, or blue.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with live rock is suitable for this fish. It uses the live rock for hiding as well as for perching while looking for food. Tank mates should be passive fish including other Leaf Scorpionfish. It has poison glands attached to the dorsal, anal, and pelvic spines.

The Leaf Scorpionfish diet consists of live foods such as feeder fish or small shrimp.

Like other scorpionfish and scorpionfish, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Boxfish, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)

Family: Scorpaenidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral, live rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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