Climbing Perch / Bush Fish
Behaviour Peaceful, predatory
Typical size 9cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Middle
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Mottled Ctenopoma
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Climbing Perch / Bush Fish

Ctenopoma sp.

The Ctenopoma group of fish are known as the 'Climbin Perches' or 'Bush Fish' and several species are occasionally available for sale. The pictured fish is the Mottled Ctenopoma (Ctenopoma oxyrhynchum) and is a nicely patterned fish that will complement and contrast other fish in a community aquarium. Although robust, Ctenopoma's are slow moving and can be timid so plenty of hiding spots amongst plants are required. The fish has a predatory nature and will eat any fish much smaller than itself, although at only about 8-10cm, most aquarium fish will be too large. Peaceful and adaptable to water conditions.

Family Anabantidae (Climbing gouramies) | Synonyms Ctenopoma congicum, C. maculata, Anabas oxyrhynchus | Other names Marbled Climbing Perch, Sharpnose Climbing Perch, Climbing Perch | Origin Africa; lower Congo/Zaire basin | Breeding Spawns close to the bottom, produces floating eggs. Eggs hatch in 3-4 days | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7, very soft to medium | Sexing Males dorsal and anal fins are pointed

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