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Leaf Fish for Sale
Leaf Fish for sale
Shown above, a South American Leaf Fish for sale in our online store. This fish was swimming in one of our aquarium, when one of us snapped this picture.
Leaf Fish for Sale



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African Leaf Fish for sale at
African Leaf Fish
African Leaf Fish at
Leaf Fish


Pictures. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
This fish prefers soft slightly acid water, which can usually be achieved by diluting aquarium water with RO-water.
Maximum size: 3.25" long
Scientific name: Polycentropsis abbreviata
5949 Leopard Ctenopoma for sale

Pictures: Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
This is a predator that eats fish, insects, and shrimps that fit into it's mouth.

But ours also eat premium pellet food.

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Maximum size: about 8" long
Scientific name: Ctenopoma acutirostre

6140 South American Leaf Fish for sale  
South American

Leaf Fish

Also called the Amazon Leaf Fish
Pictures: A young Leaf Fish about 1.25" long, swimming in one of our aquariums.

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This fish prefers soft slightly acid water, which can usually be achieved by diluting aquarium water with RO-water.
Maximum size: 4" long
Scientific name: Monocirrhus polyacanthus

6537 No
Asian Nandus

Leaf Fish

Pictures: none yet
There are now a few species in the genus Pristolepis.
Maximum sizes: unknown to us.
Scientific names: Nandus nandus



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Comments: These fish are called Leaf Fish, because they resemble plant leaves, and they often swim in a way that a leaf moves through the water.

Leaf Fish disguise their appearance and motion in this way to sneak up on small fish and eat them.

Quality: These are Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Fish like these in any of the live fish stores that we visit or in other online store.

Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.

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Origin: These fish are rarely produced by fish farmers, and ours are wild caught in West Africa or the Northern and Northwestern Regions of South America or in India.

Maximum Size: The African Leaf Fish can grow to be about 3.25" long, and the South American Leaf Fish can grow to about 4" long including their tails, and the Nandus Leaf Fish grows to about 8" long.

Behaviors: They will usually move around pretty actively during the day, but some of them hide during the day and become more active at night. If there is food to be eaten, they become very active looking for it.

They'll also eat very small fish like Neons, Guppies, and other fish small enough fit into their mouths, which are extensible and much larger than you might think!

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include any fish that are not too aggressive toward the Leaf Fish and will not fit into the mouth of the Leaf Fish.

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Temperature: South American and African Leaf Fish need warmer water than usual, and they live well from about 78 to 84 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 80 degrees F.

The Nandus Leaf Fish do best in somewhat cooler water from about 72 to 80-degrees F., and are probably best at about 78degrees F.

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Feeding: Sometimes they will only eat live foods such as worms, daphnia, brine shrimp, and small fish.

Often they will eat floating bits of freeze dried krill that have been crumbled to the right size.

But it's very good, if they can be trained to eat premium flake food and premium pellet food.

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Water Conditions: The South American Leaf Fish and the African Leaf Fish need water with a pH of about 5 to 6.8 and a low hardness of about 1 to 10 dH.

This can be achieved by doing regular partial water changes with deionized or RO (Reverse Osmosis) water instead of tap water.

The Nandus Leaf Fish needs A pH of about 6.5 to 7.5 with low hardness. Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder.

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Aquarium Size: It's probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, but bigger is better.

Decor: These fish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.

Click here for more about aquarium gravel. Pieces of aquarium-safe driftwood are also nice.

Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. Leaf Fish seem to need plants, and live plants are necessary, if you're trying to spawn these fish.

They use the plants for camouflage as well.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200B in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water is OK.

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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.

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Life Span: These fish can live for several years, probably many years provided they are fed live food plus premium foods and kept in water that is warm and soft with a pH of about 6 with plenty of partial water changes with deionized or RO water.

Gender: It's very difficult to determine the gender of these fish, until they spawn, and then the female will extend her ovipositor to release her eggs.

Breeding: It's very difficult to breed these fish in captivity. The females release eggs near the surface, and the males then care for the eggs, which hatch in 2 or 3 days.

Popularity: This fish needs special water and so is recommended only to advanced aquarists, and it is somewhat popular with them.

Names: The scientific name is Monocirrhus polyacanthus for the South American Leaf Fish,  Polycentropsis abbreviata for the African Leaf Fish, and Nandus nandus for the Nandus Leaf Fish.

Variations: we know of no variations in any of these types of Leaf Fish, but each occurs across a wide region and so we expect there probably are variations.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrTom - 01/15/2015

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