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are members of the
Monodactylidae. They are native to the coastal areas of the
These shallow water dwellers are not initially true saltwater marine
frequent the brackish water found in sheltered lagoons and inshore
young. Juveniles can even survive in freshwater environments.
are medium to large sized triangular shaped fish. Their bodies are
distinctly similar to those of freshwater angelfish. The two are not in
related. They have white to silverfish bodies and frequently have two
vertical stripes on the anterior region of their body. This vertical
accentuates the similarity between them and their freshwater
are further accented with yellow trimmed fins. This coloration vanishes
age. They can reach a maximum adult diameter of 9 inches.
a shoaling fish. Communal instinct runs high in this species. It is
inadvisable to attempt to keep a solitary mono.
You will want to have a
of four monos in your aquarium. Given their size you will require at
least a 55
gallon tank for a mono-species setup and 100 gallons or more if you
keep them in a community tank. They are very active mid-level swimmers
require plenty of wide open spaces. Monos have a life expectancy of up
years of age in captivity.
The juveniles of this
species demonstrate prevalence for brackish water. As
already stated they can survive in a freshwater environment provide it
water with a high mineral ion content and an alkaline rather than
As monos mature they will venture further away from brackish water
become a true saltwater species. If you are keeping these fish in a
mono-species aquarium you will want to increase the salinity level as
mature. It should be apparent that only more mature members of this
should be added to a community saltwater tank.
are moderately aggressive fish. Juveniles are timid in nature. These
fish becomes more aggressive with size. They will never become
to be housed with truly aggressive species.
fingerfish are omnivores with voracious appetites. They are not picky
when it comes to their eating habits in captivity. They will eat live
frozen or freeze-dried foods and flakes or pellets formulated for
They will even nibble on freshly chopped vegetables if given the
no visible difference between the males and females of this species.
There are no reports of monos being successfully bred in home aquaria.
they are commercially tank-bred and raised on fish farms in Florida
and parts of the Far
A commercially bred fish
is always a better alternative to a
fish captured in the wild. Farm raised fish are often half the price
and have up to a
three times higher survivability rate. Farmed fish tend to be more
size. Your local fish store or any reputable online retailer will be
tell you if their stock is wild or captive bred.
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