This is a laterally compressed species with a mottled appearance. It may show a central body spot and banding in the caudal fin. Young Mottled Ctenopomas have a different pattern than the adults, exhibiting two dark brown stripes behind the eyes, and their pelvic fins are black at first.
Other common name
- Mottled Bushfish
- C. oxyrhynchum, C. oxyrhynchus
- D. R. Congo.
- Up to 4 3/4in (12cm), but often a little smaller.
- Generally peaceful toward similar-sized tankmates, but males become aggressive and territorial during breeding season.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Well planted, with shelters and open swimming spaces. Subdued lighting during the day and a “moonlight” fluorescent tube for night viewing recommended. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 73-82 F (23-28 C).
- Eggs are laid in male-built bubble nest, though nest quality is variable and may consist of very few bubbles, if any. No parental care occurs. Hatching takes 3-4 days.