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Damn that was an outstanding fish! How long did you own him prior to him passing away? What size tank was he in?

I would love to own one of these amazing fish one day, but I hear they are VERY hard to care for.
 

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Atlanta Braves Baby! said:
Damn that was an outstanding fish! How long did you own him prior to him passing away? What size tank was he in?

I would love to own one of these amazing fish one day, but I hear they are VERY hard to care for.
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Bought him at 5" which was max for size. Owned him for a year. So he could of possibly died from natural causes. Mine was pretty hardy. Just keep the water soft and the pH at 6.0 and feed every other day with live food. It cost less than $3 a week to feed him. I guess he was eating about 20 1" platys a week. He liked the ghost shrimp an awful lot also. He was in a 20 gallon tank by himself with a dense cover of java fern. I would definately encourage you to get one. I wouldnt mind another one. One of the most efficient predators I have ever seen. As soon as a fish hit the water it would take him less than 10 seconds to cross the tank undetected and snatch up his prey.
 

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Man, that video totally makes me want to get one too. I guess if you bought him at max size it would be difficult to determine just how old it was when you got him...seems like you took good care of your fish so I'm sure it died of old age. Did you get it from your LFS...how much do they go for?
 

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Man, that video totally makes me want to get one too. I guess if you bought him at max size it would be difficult to determine just how old it was when you got him...seems like you took good care of your fish so I'm sure it died of old age. Did you get it from your LFS...how much do they go for?
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It took me 6 months to finally order one through my lfs. I paid $27.50 for this one. They are wild caught so sometimes it takes a while for it to show up on wholesale lists. He wasnt shy either he would come right up to my fingers when I had to clean the tank. I never got any good shots of him yawning. Its the most incredible thing ever. Wish I had a picture.

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Bought him at 5" which was max for size. Owned him for a year. So he could of possibly died from natural causes. Mine was pretty hardy. Just keep the water soft and the pH at 6.0 and feed every other day with live food. It cost less than $3 a week to feed him. I guess he was eating about 20 1" platys a week. He liked the ghost shrimp an awful lot also. He was in a 20 gallon tank by himself with a dense cover of java fern. I would definately encourage you to get one. I wouldnt mind another one. One of the most efficient predators I have ever seen. As soon as a fish hit the water it would take him less than 10 seconds to cross the tank undetected and snatch up his prey.
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Thanks for the info. One day I do hope to own such an awesome fish as you had the oppurtunity to own. May he RIP
 

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First of all I feel sorry for your loss


But what a great video. The hunting skills of that leaffish are absolutely perfect ánd fast


But they don't look like a very active fish or am I wrong?
 

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awesome video, very cool fish.
 

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Great video!! I used to keep Monocirrhus polyacanthus quite often....even bred them once. One of my local stores has three or four good-sized (4") ones in right now and I'm really pissed that I don't have a tank for them at this point!

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that was a kickass video. he was super fast .
 

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Fruitbat said:
Great video!! I used to keep Monocirrhus polyacanthus quite often....even bred them once. One of my local stores has three or four good-sized (4") ones in right now and I'm really pissed that I don't have a tank for them at this point!

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Thanks for the replys all.

They do have more of a personality than expected dont they fruitbat? Mine was actually pretty active, constantly drifting around the tank and checking things out. Not what I expected from an ambush predator. A fish I will definately own again someday. Along with a Nandus nandus.
 
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