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Congo ctenopoma - Microctenopoma congicum

Congo ctenopoma - Microctenopoma congicum

Scientific name: Microctenopoma congicum

Common name: Congo ctenopoma

Family: Anabantidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 9 cm (3.15 - 3.54 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 7.7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 22°N (71.43 - 392.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°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: Top levels

Food and feeding

Congo ctenopoma will accept most frozen or live foods but may ignore commercial flakes or pellets when first introduced into the tank, they should adapt over a period of time. They will readily accept tubifex, blood worms and brine shrimp.


Africa; Congo ctenopoma are to be found in the Congo River Basins.


Male swill have extended dorsal and anal finnage.


Although this species of fish has yet to be bred in the aquarium, it is known that in the wild they are bubble nest builders with the male taking on the parental duties.


The expected life span for this fish is 8-10 years.

Short description

Microctenopoma congicum is a fairly new species to the aquarium hobby but is very peaceful and will mix with other community fish. Do not keep these with aggressive or fast swimming tank mates. They spend most of their time in the middle of the tank but will feed from the substrate.


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