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Spotted Climbing Perch (Leopard Ctenopoma)

posted: 05/15/12
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Spotted Climbing Perch (Leopard Ctenopoma)
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The Spotted Climbing Perch, also known as the Leopard Ctenopoma, is part of the Bush Fish group of the family Anabantidae. This "climbing fish" is a patient predator often remaining still among plants waiting for food to pass by. The Spotted Climbing Perch is one of the more colorful species of the Ctenopoma genus.

The Spotted Climbing Perch requires a densely planted aquarium with roots and driftwood in which to hide. Somewhat aggressive, this fish should be kept with other fish of similar size.

Ctenopoma acutirostre is a bubblenest builder. Slightly acidic (pH 6.5-7.0), very soft (dH 2-4), and warm water (79-82°F) is necessary for breeding. The fry should be fed live food such as brine shrimp.

A carnivore, the Spotted Climbing Perch will eat live, frozen, and prepared foods such as krill or ocean plankton, as well as floating pellet food.

Ideal tank mates include: Similar sized, miscellaneous fish, Plecos, and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Spotted Climbing Perch (Leopard Ctenopoma) (Ctenopoma acutirostre)

Family: Anabantidae

Range: Zaire

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks

Tank Conditions: 73-82°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 6-20

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Bubblenest Builder

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