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08-09-2006, 11:04
... Ctenopoma acutirostre ... are cineva prin acvariu asa ceva ... ce stitzi despre ei ... ... ... am mai gasit si eu cate ceva despre ei pe net ...


09-09-2006, 13:16
nimeni ...

10-09-2006, 10:13
N-am avut dar nu prea imi inspira incredere :mrgreen:
Si ca sa-l citez pe un "amic" de-al meu numit Google : "Not an aggressive fish, but it should not be kept with small community fish, due to its predatory habits."

10-09-2006, 13:31
aha ... am gasit si eu chestii de genu asta pe net ... eu am 2 si ii am in acvariu si cu 2 cory core sunt micutzi ... vad ca inca nu au atentat la ei ... chiar sunt fricosi ...

Radu Luchian
23-12-2006, 12:59


This middle-sized Ctenopoma is another species that is more correctly referred to the genus Microctenopoma. It is a tolerant, hardy fish that does well in the right community tank, and doesn’t hide much, unlike most of the other Ctenopoma, and readily adapts to a mixed diet of dried and frozen foods. Essentially a metallic blue with silvery speckles, this fish is remarkable for its ability to change colour, becoming much lighter or darker as the mood takes it. Another species, Ctenopoma congicum, is very similar except being more reddish-brown than blue.


Most Ctenopoma are laterally compressed fish with large eyes and big mouths. Compared with gouramis, which often have quite short dorsal fins, Ctenopoma have long dorsal fins, and at first glance it’s very easy to think you’re looking at a cichlid rather than a labyrinth fish. But labyrinth fish they are, and if you watch them for long enough, you will eventually see them come up to the surface for a gulp of air. The following are the most commonly seen species and the ones that are best suited to the home aquarium.

Feeding & nutrition:

It can be problematical: several species, including Ctenopoma acutirostre and Ctenopoma ansorgii rarely take anything other than live foods or frozen substitutes. Do not assume that your African climbing perch will adapt to dried foods, flakes, or pellets; some do, but not all.

Aquarium requirements:

Since these fish do not swim much, an aquarium for Ctenopoma does not need to be especially large; the smaller species like Ctenopoma ansorgii will do well in tanks from about 60 cm in length, while big species like Ctenopoma acutirostre will need something from 90 cm upwards. Although they do breathe air, only a few are as adapted to stagnant water as the Asian gouramis and bettas, and so on the whole it is best to provide water that is well filtered and oxygenated.


Telling the sexes apart outside of the breeding season is difficult, when male Ctenopoma ansorgii and Ctenopoma nanum at least can be relied on to have the brighter colours. Male Ctenopoma fasciolatum often have elongated tips at the ends of the anal and dorsal fins, and so aren’t too tricky to distinguish. Ctenopoma acutirostre and Ctenopoma kingsleyi are much more challenging, with about the only regular characteristic that the aquarist can observe being the patches of spines males have on the head and body. Note though that both sexes have spines on the gill covers.


Like most other labyrinth fish, these are robust, hardy fish in most regards. Provided they are in a quiet aquarium where they are not bullied and are able to feed properly, they generally do well. Since the stock offered in retails stores is almost always wild caught, parasitic infections, skin and fin damage, and starvation are all possible problems. A period in a quarantine tank would be a good idea, but failing that, keep a close eye on the fish to make sure they are behaving normally and eating well. Even with those species that will eat flake or pellets, fattening them up a little on live and frozen foods will do no harm at all

Size range:

These species reach about 8 cm