Ctenopoma acutirostre

Common Names: Leopard Ctenopoma
Spotted Bushfish
Spotted Climbing Perch
Family: Anabantidae
Category: Labyrinth_Fish
Distribution: Africa; Congo River Basin
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Can also be found in lakes, swamps, and slow-moving rivers
Temperament: Predatory; Although predatory, the Spotted Climbing Perch is quite peaceful and should be kept with other peaceful fish. It can become aggressive, however, while breeding.
Diet: Carnivore; At first, this fish may only accept livefoods such as bloodworms and even small feeder fish, but it can eventually be weaned onto flakes and other prepared foods once accustomed to its surroundings.
Care: This fish is particularly straightfoward in terms of care. The tank should be densely planted and no smaller than 30 gallons. Provide plenty of hiding spaces using driftwood and/or rockwork.
6 - 7.5
23°C - 28°C
73°F - 82°F
Potential Size: Male: 20.3cm (8")
Female: 20.3cm (8")
Water Region: All
Activity: Nocturnal; Although in aquaria they are also quite active during the day
Gender: Males have short spines on their opercula.
Breeding: Relatively rare in aquaria, although an increase in temperature will help trigger spawning. These fish are egg scatterers, although there has been reports of the males building small bubble-nests. Remove the parents after spawning. Begin feeding fry with infusoria and follow with brine shrimp. Fry can prove very difficult to rear in aquaria.
Variants: A violet and a non-spotted morph can sometimes be found in the hobby.
Comments: A colorful and unusual choice not often seen for sale. Avoid keeping with fish smaller than itself, as this fish has a surprisingly large mouth.
Main Colours: Brown, Yellow, Black
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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