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Leopard Ctenopoma Captive-Bred
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Leopard Ctenopoma Captive-Bred (Ctenopoma acutirostre)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Tan
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 73-82° F, KH 6-20, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 6"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Anabantidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Leopard Ctenopoma, also known as the Spotted Climbing Perch, is part of the Bush Fish group of the family Anabantidae. These "climbing fish" are patient predators often remaining still among plants waiting for food to pass by. The Leopard Ctenopoma is one of the more colorful species of the Ctenopoma genus.

The Leopard Ctenopoma 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 bubble-nest 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.

Carnivores, Leopard Ctenopomas will eat live, frozen, and prepared foods such as krill or ocean plankton, as well as floating pellet food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Alan M Marion , IN
My Leopard Ctenopoma is one o my favorite fish. I currently have him in a 75gal tank, with five Discus, One large Angel, two Congo Tetras, four X-ray Tetras, two Clown Loachs, a Hillstream Loach, and a Leopard Sailfin Plecostimus. He couldn't get along better, his diet includes ghost shrmp, Blood worms, Brine and Mysis shrimp, and lastly Beef Heart. Of all of it, he loves beef heart the most, and eagerly eats whatever I put in the tank. Dispite that everyone says "my god you put that with Discus, are you crazy, thats a highly aggresive fish" He gets along great and I love watching him he is so beautiful and graceful. Despite the fact that discus are the most saught after fish in the world for thier beauty the leopard Ctenopoma is a rival of beauty and a great and loved addition. I would recomend this fish to almost any aquarium enthusiest. I know i greatly enjoy his presence and beauty and I know anyone else would as well.
Jake R Santa Rosa , CA
The ctenopoma is a really cool looking fish, and I keep mine in a 75 gallon with two severums and three Bala Sharks, and they get along just fine. Watching him eat is amazing.
Joe M Fairfax , VA
My leopard ctenopoma is quite amazing. His temper adapts to his enviroment and he is currently living with two angel fish and I had ten tetras. His diet is another story. He loves small fish and blood worms. Make sure you have plenty of live plants because he uses them to hide and hunt. This is by far my favorite fish and is worth the addition to anybody's tank.
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