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African leaffish - Polycentropsis abbreviata

African leaffish - Polycentropsis abbreviata

Scientific name: Polycentropsis abbreviata

Common name: African leaffish

Family: Nandidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 7 - 8 cm (2.76 - 3.15 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 6.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 12°N (89.29 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 29 °C (77 - 84.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

African leaffish will only accept live foods. Fresh blood worms and small earthworms will be accepted, the trick is that they will only eat foods that are moving about in the tank.

Origin

Africa; African leaffish are to be found in the waterways of Cameroon and Nigeria.

Sexing

African leaffish is extremely difficult to sex. The only real way of telling is that the female will lighten when the pair is spawning.

Breeding

This has not been achieved very often in the aquarium. In the wild they are bubble nest builders and will choose a spawning site that is well planted. If successful in the aquarium, the eggs should hatch after 2-3 days and the fry, once free swimming can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.

Lifespan

It is believed that Polycentropsis abbreviata can live from 9-12 years.

Short description

It is vital that Polycentropsis abbreviata are kept in soft, acidic water. Plant the tank heavily and add hiding places in the form of bogwood or similar.

Pictures

Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.

African leaffish picture 1 African leaffish picture 2 African leaffish picture 3 African leaffish picture 4

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