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    South American Leaf Fish - Monocirrhus polyacanthus

    That Fish Place - That Pet Place

    Item # 208055 / Manufacturer Part # F90 0022 1375

    Was $16.99
    Now $16.99
     
    The South American Leaf Fish (Monocirrhus polyacanthus) is an excellent example of camouflage by mimicry. The flattened body, mottled coloration, and slow movements of this fish make it look like a leaf floating in the water. When a prey item like a small fish or invertebrate swims by, the Leaf Fish lunges and sucks in its meal.

    The Leaf Fish should not be kept with small fish like tetras, livebearers, rasboras or similar fish as these will most likely be eaten. They can usually be kept with larger peaceful fish or in a tank by themselves to spotlight their unusual behavior and appearance.

    Live foods like small feeder guppies, ghost shrimp or brine shrimp may be needed at first to trigger a feeding response but some Leaf Fish may be weaned onto frozen foods in time. They will not usually accept flakes or pellets. Planted aquariums or aquariums with lots of artificial foliage are best to help this fish act most natural.
    Common NameSouth American Leaf Fish
    Scientific NameMonocirrhus polyacanthus
    OriginSouth America
    Max Size (in inches)3.25
    Community SafeNo
    pH Range5.0-6.0
    DietCarnivore
    Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
    Temperature Range72-77
    DifficultyModerate



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  • Shipping charges are not covered by our livestock guarantee policy and are non-refundable.

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  • Q: How much does it cost to have live plants and animals shipped to me?
  • Live Fish/Invert Charges:
  • *Standard Overnight: $34.99
  • Priority Overnight: $44.99
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  • *Standard Overnight where available only, priority rate may apply. Shipping charges are not covered by our livestock guarantee policy and are non-refundable.


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  • *Heat packs are usually taped to the lid or side of the box. These packets should be discarded after delivery; do not add these packets or their contents to your aquarium.
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  • Q: Can I specify size, color or sex?
  • Sizes of livestock items offered can vary by supplier, collection area, and time of year. We do not assign specific measurements to live items, but rather general sizes (small, medium, large, XL). If the actual size of a fish or invertebrate you are considering is a concern, please speak directly to a livestock representative to discuss the items you're considering. We do not sell any fish by sex other than those specifically listed as "male" or "female". We cannot guarantee that the fish can be successfully sexed or that the ratio of male/female you request will be available.
  • Please be aware that coloration within species may be quite variable. The specimen you recieve may not look exactly like the representative photo on the site do to these natural variations in color or markings. If you have a request for a specific color in any of our assorted items, you contact the Livestock Mailorder department at 877-367-4377 or livefish@thatpetplace.com. We try to fill special requests when possible, but cannot guarantee the preference.
  • Average Rating

    South american leaf fish 8/14/2014

    Reviewer: PL91

    These fish are great at hunting small fish. I love watching them snipe the feeder fish or any moving small fish. overall great fish.

    Leaf Fish 6/20/2013

    Reviewer: Bill Buda

    Excellent Specimun. one the best I have seen in 40 years.

    south american leaf fish 5/13/2012

    Reviewer: J.D. Greenwood

    I think this fish is amazing,it is a wonderful fish. They have a mouth that extends from their body, and they are cheap. Easy to keep fish overall.

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