Leopard Ctenopoma Captive-Bred

Leopard Ctenopoma Captive-Bred
Latin name:
(Ctenopoma acutirostre)

Care Level








Preferred Conditions

73-82° F, KH 6-20, pH 6.5-7.5

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

50 gallons


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This fish is an excellent choice for an aquarium enthusiast who is looking for a unique, hardy species. It is also recommended to keep the Leopard Ctenopoma with other fish that can hold their own in the tank, as this species is quite territorial. Furthermore, it is important to provide plenty of hiding places, such as driftwood and plants, in order to reduce stress and encourage natural behaviors. In addition, regular water changes and maintenance are necessary to ensure the health of this species.

Ctenopoma acutirostre is an interesting species of fish that is particularly renowned for its bubble-nest building behaviour. Its ideal water conditions require a slightly acidic pH of 6.5-7.0, very soft dH of 2-4 and a warm temperature of 79-82°F. To ensure successful breeding, it is important to feed the fry with live food like brine shrimp. Additionally, it is beneficial to provide ample vegetation and plenty of water changes to create a healthy environment for the fish to thrive.

Leopard ctenopomas are carnivores and will eat live, frozen, and prepared foods such as krill or ocean plankton, as well as floating pellet food. Carnivores are an important part of the marine ecosystem, and their diet helps to sustain other marine predators.