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Leaf Fish
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Leaf Fish (Taenianotus triacanthus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Red, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 4"
Venomous Yes
Origin Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives
Family Scropaenidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The color of the Leaf Fish, also known as the Leaf Scorpionfish, or Paper Fish, varies between red, yellow, brown, or blue.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with live rock is suitable for this fish. It uses the live rock for hiding as well as for perching while looking for food. Tank mates should be passive fish including other Leaf Fish. It has poison glands attached to the dorsal, anal, and pelvic spines.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The Leaf Fish diet consists of live foods such as feeder fish or small shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small; 1-1/2" to 2" Medium; 2" to 3" Large; 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Adam C Chicago , IL
These guys are great. They don't move around much, but they are entertaining to watch sway back and forth and really quite cute when they hunt. Live food is probably a must.
Daniel G DeSoto , MO
One of the more difficult scorpions to take to frozen foods, almost never. However if this doesn't deter you from this fish, it is quite enjoyable. I feed mine every other day and skip the weekend. Amazing to see them shed their cuticle after a while, they look brand new afterwards!
Patrick B Panama City Beach , FL
Put him in a 220 FOWLR, he hid at 1st. Now he out eati ng with the big boys. Taught a mimic tang a lesson.
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