African Mono - Brackish 4cm

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African Mono - Brackish 4cm

Monodactylus Sebae

The African Mono is very unique brackish water species that is a great schooling fish to be added to brackish aquariums. Looking very similar to the freshwater silver dollar the African mono however has easily distinguishable characteristics. It has a very diamond-like body shape with jet black tripes that go vertically along the body. This contrasts amazingly against the shimmering silver color. The most distinguishable feature of the African mono specifically is the hook-like fins that it develops as it matures.

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African Mono - Brackish

 

The African Mono is very unique brackish water species that is a great schooling fish to be added to brackish aquariums. Looking very similar to the freshwater silver dollar the African mono however has easily distinguishable characteristics. It has a very diamond-like body shape with jet black tripes that go vertically along the body. This contrasts amazingly against the shimmering silver color. The most distinguishable feature of the African mono specifically is the hook-like fins that it develops as it matures. African Monos is a great addition to decent-sized brackish water aquariums due to their great brackish and full saltwater tolerance along with their incredibly active schooling behavior. They are also a fairly peaceful species and can be kept with a wide range of brackish species along as they are large enough to not be eaten. Trying to find the males and females in this species is very difficult as there are no immediate distinguishing features and breeding them in the home aquaria is very difficult. The natural habitat of the African mono is the brackish waterways of Africa.

One important thing to also note is that there is also an Australian subspecies of the mono species called the mono argenteus which has very distinguishable yellowfins. Both have very similar care and can be housed together.

 

Tank Recommendations for your African Mono

The African mono gets fairly large at around 20 cm long. The other interesting fact is that these fish get easily 30 cm tall which makes them fish with a large footprint. Coupled with their active behavior they would need an aquarium that is at least 473 liters (60 gallons). Because of their height and length, they would need a tank that is 6 feet with 2-foot height and an equal amount of width.  A sand or gravel substrate is perfectly fine and an aquarium where a mangrove lagoon or similar environment is replicated would be the best for these fish.

 

Suitable Tank Buddies

The African mono is a very peaceful fish. The only aggression which might be observed is with males that might display themselves to each other. With adequate space, these fish will get along with a wide range of brackish water community fish.

 

Usually Compatible

Mono Argenteus, mudskippers, archer fish, large molies, scats and brackish gobies.

 

Sometime Compatible

Nano brackish species like blue-eyes or brackish puffers. 

 

Rarely Compatible 

large aggressive species brackish tolerant species such as mangrove jacks or barramundi. 

 

Feeding your African Mono
African Monos is a very easy species to feed that will take to a wide range of aquarium foods like pellets or flakes. They are naturally omnivore that feeds off algae and small insects and crustaceans so a well-balanced aquarium food that has good protein and green content would be best. Feeding should occur once a day and it is best to do so when the lights are on.

More Information
Scientific Name Monodactylus Sebae
Care Level Moderate
Common Names Mono Sebae, African mono, African Monodactylus, mono angelfish
Diet Omnivore
Fish Family Monodactylidae
Lifespan (years) 10
Max. Length (cm) 20
Min. Tank Volume (l) 470 Litres
Origin Africa
Reef Safe Yes
Sociability Peaceful
Venomous No
Water Conditions 24-26° C (75-79° F), pH 7.0 - 8.5
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