Gold Leaf Fish (Taenianotus triacanthus)
Family: Scorpaenidae (Lionfish)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 436 ft. Size: 3.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Copepods, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Gold Leaf Fish is generally found in pairs in sheltered areas where it rest at the mouths of recesses and feeds on small crustaceans. It will retreat into a refuge at the first sign of danger. Coloration can change due to shedding of its cuticle.
Husbandry: Gold Leaf Fish are rarely aggressive and have been successfully kept in small groups in aquaria. Hiding places must be offered. A net can be used to train leaf scorpionfishes to fed from live food offerings. It should not be housed with aggressive tankmates that may nip at its fins. It may feed only on live food, but can be trained to eat it from a net. Coloration may change in this fish due to movement to an area with a different color background.
AKA: Leaf Scorpionfish, Leaf Fish, Paper Fish
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