overviewThe Peppermint Crocodile Fish boasts beautiful iridescent gold spots that differentiate it from its cousin, the Crocodile Fish (Luciocephalus pulcher). In addition to the distinguishing iridescent markings, the Peppermint Crocodile Fish (also known as the Peppermint Pikehead), is slightly smaller in size and has lighter overall coloration than the Crocodile Fish. In the wild, this ambush predator inhabits flooded forests or stagnant peat swamps of Southeast Asia. The natural habitat of the Peppermint Crocodile Fish is a soft, acidic environment dense with live and fallen vegetation.
The elongated body of the Peppermint Crocodile Fish is marked with iridescent spots that run across the dark, dominant stripe that stretches from mouth to tail. This stripe bisects the Peppermint Crocodile Fish horizontally to effectively disrupt the body shape, allowing this hunter to blend into its environment. With a large mouth/head that comprises up to a third of the Peppermint Crocodile Fish's length, it is not difficult to see that this fish is a specialized predator. However, what may be difficult to comprehend is that the Peppermint Crocodile Fish is related to aquarium favorites, the Gouramis.
The Peppermint Crocodile Fish is a piscivore (fish eater) that does well with similar sized fish and can be kept in small groups. Any fish small enough to fit the enormous and extendable mouth of the Peppermint Crocodile Fish should not be housed with this capable hunter. The predatory Peppermint Crocodile Fish will remain motionless until small prey is within striking distance. With a rapid lunge, the Peppermint Crocodile Fish captures its prey by extending its mouth, in a net-like fashion, and surrounding the prey.
The Peppermint Crocodile Fish is sensitive to improper water quality and requires soft (low mineral), acid (low pH) water. The ideal aquarium setup for the Peppermint Crocodile Fish should be aquascaped heavily with roots or driftwood. Live plants are another great addition for this setup. While proper water quality is crucial, water movement should be kept to a minimum to best recreate natural conditions for the Peppermint Crocodile Fish. A tight-fitting cover for the aquarium is also recommended since the Peppermint Crocodile Fish is a jumper.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 2-1/2"