If it is Ctenopoma acutirostre
, that's a very nice fish. In the wild, as well as in captivity, it eats primarily mosquito larvae and bloodworms. While it will eat small fish, it neither needs them, nor expects them. All in all, this is an easy fish to care for. Earthworms and river shrimps make good extras.
One thing I will say about Ctenopoma acutirostre
is that they are very shy, especially in small tanks. I had one for ~10 years before giving it away, so they are also very long lived. Keep either a single specimen or a group of three or more as they can be a little territorial. I'd suggest keeping them in the largest tank possible, plant it thickly with things like giant vallis, and add a few dither fish (Congo tetras are ideal) so that the fish settle in quickly.Ctenopoma
should usually not be kept with cichlids; while Ctenopoma
can be territorial, they simply aren't in the same league as aggressive cichlids. Even a pair of kribs will terrify an adult Ctenopoma acutirostre
I've kept 3 or 4 species of Ctenopoma
over the years, and consider them good aquarium fish even though they have a bad reputation in some quarters. I've written a little primer on them
for Tropical Fish Finder you might find useful.
Incidentally, you may see some Ctenopoma
under the Microctenopoma
name. These names are misleading; Microctenopoma
doesn't mean these are "micro" versions, smaller than regular Ctenopoma
. The name refers to anatomical structures, not body size. There are Microctenopoma
species that are bigger than Ctenopoma
species, e.g., Ctenopoma ashbysmithi
is less than 4 cm long, so is less than half the size of Microctenopoma congicum
Edited by nmonks, 01 July 2006 - 12:02 PM.