South American Leaf Fish
Comments: Leaf Fish can change color and pattern to match their background and look like fallen leaves.
They do this to camouflage themselves from predators and to sneak up on small fish and eat them.
Most very young fish live close to the surface of the water away from the monster fish down below.
This swarm of young fish serves as a smorgasbord for Leaf Fish, like the one in picture above, who had just finished eating a dozen small fish, when one of us snapped this picture.
Origin: this species naturally lives in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia, where it is collected by skilled local people and shipped to us.
Maximum Size: about 4" long.
Behaviors: this fish is a predator that eats small fish with it's large expanding mouth.
Compatibility: Corydoras Catfish, which might fit into it's mouth but are too prickly to eat.
Also a Plecostomus Catfish and maybe some Angelfish that are too big to fit into it's mouth.
Temperature: Leaf Fish like it warm. So we recommend a temperature of about 80-degrees F.
Note that 84 is the maximum and may be too warm, and 76 is getting too cool.
Feeding: Small fish like Guppies that are small enough to fit into the Leaf Fish's mouth, which can greatly expand.
Or maybe keep just one in a 30-gallon aquarium with a few nearly full grown Corydoras Catfish and some Guppies for the Leaf Fish to feed on.
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