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'd 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.
If some of them are weaker and chased by the stronger ones, remove the weaker ones to another aquarium.
You'd like to end up with a strong male and a plump female. Keep feeding them a lots of Guppies. Lower the pH and hardness by doing daily small partial water changes with RO-water. Maybe boost the temperature from say 78 to 82-degrees F.
Others have written that a pair then begins to interact, and rarely the female will lay eggs on the underside of a leaf. The male then fertilizes the eggs and chases the female away. He fans and tends the eggs for a few days, until they hatch.
Remove him and wait for the babies to absorb their yolk sacs and become free swimming, then feed them small live food like newly hatched baby brine shrimp and daphnia.
As soon as possible feed the babies newly hatched baby fish like baby Guppies. Apparently this has been achieved only a few times in an aquarium and is a great challenge for the most skillful aquarists. Best of luck if you decide to try.
Popularity: This is a rare and expensive fish. But many advanced aquarists, like DrTom, would love to keep one and carefully watch it.
Variations: This species occurs across a wide region, and so we expect there are variations but we're not aware of any specific details.
Names: The scientific name of this species is Monocirrhus poly-acanthus.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
Leaf Fish are very Cool!
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
We consider ourselves to be the link between the world's best sources of fish and the world best customers. We love our work, and we are very responsible.
All of our fish are Premium Quality Fish from the best suppliers in the world. Our fish have better health, more energy and brighter colors, as you can see in our pictures on this website.
We also offer lots and lots of information about keeping pet fish, all from the knowledge of the Bailey Brothers, who have a combined total of 100+ years of experience as breeders, wholesalers, and retailers of pet fish!
Our fish and our customers are treated with the best of care, and we work energetically everyday to make sure every customer enjoys their new fishy friends.
When you purchase pet fish from us, you know you're receiving premium quality fish and premium quality service.
"Received my fish last night and was so pleased! They all arrived alive and appeared to be healthy.
"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
"Beautiful fish, I asked for color and aquariumfish delivered. Processing and shipping was extremely quick."
Nevin and DrTom, the Bailey Brothers
This website is owned and operated by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, who've been together in the fish business for more than 50-years.
The Product Manager has been with the company for more than 35-years.
So we feel very confident that this is the fishiest crew anywhere.