Aquaria/Leopard bush fish

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Leopard bush fish are kept in aquaria, often as a hardy oddball that fits into most community tanks. In the wild, it is a predator, so it will take small fish up to the general size of an adult female guppy; anything larger than this will for the most part be ignored. It is not generally a good idea to mix this fish with large aggressive cichlids, as they may injure the leopard bush fish or outcompete it for food. Good tank mates for the leopard bush fish include all gourami species, bala sharks, Metynnis argenteus silver dollars, Corydoras and Plecostomus species, Ancistrus catfish, and anything that will not fit into its mouth. They use lots of space and places to hide, so a 55-gallon aquarium is acceptable if it is not overstocked and has good filtration.(ctenopoma-acutirostre)

In the wild, leopard bush fish will eat any fish or insect they come across small enough to fit into their mouths. In the aquarium, though, they will readily learn to accept dead alternatives such as bloodworms (chironomid midge larvae) and some sinking pellets. Many people prefer to feed them with live food so they are able to watch the leopard bush fish's unusual stalking method.

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