Paper Fish?

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  1. AfricaOffroad

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    Anyone who can confirm the common and scientific name of this fish please?
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    The leaf fish has coloration patterns that make it similar in appearance to an algae-covered sponge. This type of venomous fish be seen in a wide variety of colors, including pink, yellow, white (or off-white), and black, to name a few I have seen. As with other scorpionfish, leaf fish do not cruise the reef as do other fish-- they move suddenly, and only long enough to find a different perch from which to observe potential victims. Waiting patiently, they sway gently from side to side in the current, perhaps mimicking a piece of lightweight reef debris. Smaller than most reef scorpionfish, this one is about 3 1/2 inches in length, nearing its maximum length of about 100 cm (four inches). Leaf fish are also known as "paper fish".

    Identification: Taenianotus triacanthus
     
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    I want one. Don't see them very often though.
     
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    Ditto Chicka, AR is it eating yet ? If you need help shout I just got one in a week or two ago , started eating frozen after week one
     
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    I'm nervous to put it in my main tank.
    I have a small wrasse (macrophryngodon bipartitus) about 35-40mm long.
    I'm scared the paper fish could possibly swallow it?
    The paper fish is about 60mm long.

    Frans, how do you feed yours?
     
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    Where did you buy it from?
     
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    They floating around KZN's coastline:p
     
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    Oh !!! Am i getting the message that it was removed from our coast without a plan. No knowledge of how to keep or consideration for it's well being. Hopefully not and the issue is a one of saving the fish from some ordeal.
     
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    But he's fortunate as its not in his tank ...... And still can return it as I stand to correction but lives across from the ocean.......
     
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    AR , they are one of the more difficult predators I have had to learn to eat.

    Firstly it would have to be fed LIVE food at first (and some of them never goes onto frozen) use a guppy breeders net large enough to house the fish and give it some moving room) then just drop the feeder fish in there. While the feeder is in , poke a piece of smelt / lance fish onto a scewer and tease close to the fish. When it lunges for the live food "flick" the lance fish into its path.

    They also seem to feed easier and be more comfortable by being surrounded with LR , corals etc matching their colour.

    You can also use a large net , put the feeder fish inside and keep the net in front of the fish...it will actually lunge into the net , next feed use frozen smelt and just poke it from the back to keep it in suspension and imitate being alive.

    These fish have very slow metabolisms and can go up to 2 weeks without feeding so patience is the key. Although I must point out , better to know the requirements of what you catch beforehand

    Good luck, really an awesome fish
     
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    Yes, unfortunately I'm not as smart as you.

    So as I understand it, here is the sequence you are suggesting:
    1) diving, spot strange fish I dont properly know.
    2) catch and take picture (so I can do research)
    3) release fish
    4) go home and research on internet etc.
    5) decide I do in fact want it
    6) next weekend go back to beach and catch same fish.

    Sounds easy in theory, I'll keep your suggestion in mind.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    lol

    Good luck AR, I was in the same boat as you not too long ago. I battled to get mine to even eat live food, he might have been sick when I caught him though. He did eat a few times but not very much at all, or very often. Eventually I gave him to ushaka where they could quarantine him and give him better care than I could.

    Awesome fish though :thumbup:
     
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    This one has been donated to a public display tank in DBN.
    I'm sure the locals will spot it during one of their visits to said establishment.
     
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    I had one as well, caught it in a rock pool, just could not get it to eat, and had to release it, quite a curios fish, liked to watch it, swaying with its pectoral fins, my tangs thought it was really a leaf an where nipping at it when it was first added
     
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