Aptly named, the South American Leaf Fish floats in midwater, head angled downward, creating the perfect impression of a drifting leaf. The large mouth is a clear indication of the diet of this very challenging fish. Its effective camouflage coloration enables it to drift very close to unsuspecting fish, at which point it opens its mouth wide and sucks in its victim.
- Peruvian Amazon.
- Up to 4in (10cm).
- Slow-moving, stalking predator; should be kept only with tankmates that are too large to swallow.
- Livefoods, including live fish —a factor that needs due consideration prior to purchase.
- Heavily planted, well filtered (but with little water turbulence), with numerous shelters. Soft, acid water important. Temperature range: 72-77°F (22-25°C).
- Challenging in aquaria. Eggs are laid on broad leaves or flat surfaces and are guarded by male. Hatching takes about 4 days.