Leopard Bushfish Care Guide

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Leopard Bushfish
(Ctenopoma acutirostre)


Common names: Spotted Climbing Perch, Spotted Bushfish, Leopard Bushfish, Leopard Ctenopoma, Spotted Ctenopoma, Leopard Bush Gourami, African Spotted Gourami, African Leaf Fish, Congo Leaf Fish, Bushfish.

Size: 15-20cm

pH: 6.0-7.5

Tempº: 23ºC - 28ºC

Tank region: All layers

Origin: Congo River Basin

Gender: Difficult to determine; males have more small spines on the gill covers.

Notes: This is an unusual species in the Aquarium trade, and because of it's predatory nature it should not be kept with small fish that can fit in it's large mouth to avoid them being eaten. The Bushfish is very popular among experienced aquarists because of it's attractive patterning which is used as camoflauge when stalking prey.

This fish needs plenty of cover and hiding places in it's aquarium; live plants are ideal for this purpose. As adorementioned, the Spotted Climbing Perch is a predatory carnivore and should be fed as such. They will take live foods, frozen or freeze dried meaty foods and occasionally they will eat high quality flake food; although this must be high in protein.

This species is not usually territorial but occasionally there can be some conflict. As long as the tank is not overcrowded and plenty of hiding places are provided this should not be a significant problem however and Bushfish can usually be kept together in relative harmony.

Because of the fish's rather retiring nature, more aggessive fish may not be the best choice of tankmates. Good species to keep with the Bushfish are African Butterfly Fish, Dwarf Plecos, peaceful Synodontis Catfish, Rainbowfish and larger characins such as Congo Tetras. The Bushfish is both hardy and long lived, with some reports of it reaching 15 years old!

Aquarists should note that the species is not often bred in captivity and many specimens in the trade are in fact wild caught. Overall this is an excellent species to keep in a community of well selected larger species and is sure to provide plentiful entertainment for many years.

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