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12-25-2013, 06:59 PM #1
Considering leaf fish and African butterflies for 29 biocube. Need advice!
So I officially have the best parents ever. They just gave me another 29 biocube for Christmas! For stock, I'm looking for a few small weirdoes.
My first fish that I want is a smallish leaf-fish or Ctenopoma. It needs to be something that's happy in this size bio-cube and is willing to eat frozen food for me. I'm alright if it needs a suppliment of live ghost shrimp now and then, but it needs to mostly eat frozens. What about a South American leafy? Those are supposed to be fairly small, for leafies. Will they eat frozen?
My second fish that I want is an African butterfly fish. Just one, since they can be aggressive to eachother.
I'm thinking I might get a Polycentropsis abbreviata, which is an African leaf fish. Not an African spotted leafie, just African leafie. Can anyone tell me much about these? Feeding, for example? I'm okay with using feeding tongs to tempt it to eat frozen foods and I'm okay with having to feed it ghost shrimp for a week or less, but I need something that I can get to eat frozen food.
What about the true leaf fish? The really awesome ones that look exactly like leaves? Can those be coaxed into eating from tongs?
Do you suppose I could keep an African leaf and a South American leaf in the same tank? They're both gorgeous, I'd love to have them in the same tank. From what I've read, acceptable tankmates include any gouramis large enough to not be eaten. Does this also include other leaf-fish-like fish?
Is an African butterfly, an African leaf, and a South American leaf too much for a bio-cube?
How fragile are the true leafs and the African leafs? I know they'll probably be pretty sensitive, but I don't want to deal with anything that's all "Oh look, detectable nitrates. *dead*"I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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