Striped Mono, Striped Fingerfish, African Angelfish, Seba Mono Psettus sebae
sebae Physical description: A tall, disc-shaped fish with lateral compression.
The head is small, as is the mouth.
eyes are large and have a black band running through them.
The dorsal and anal fins are almost opposite
one other and the edge of the tail is almost straight. The body is silver to white in color while the fins are
The front edge of the anal and dorsal fins is black.
This species has a black line running
across the gill cover connecting with the black of the anal fin. The back edge of the anal and dorsal fins is also
Size/Length: To 8" (20 cm)
Similar species: Monodactylus
Habitat: In estuaries of Zaire and Senegal rivers on the coast of West Africa.
Aquarium: 36" (90 cm) or 35 gallons (132 L).
Follow suggestions for
Water chemistry: pH 7-8.5 (7.7), 12-30 dH (16), 75-82°F (24-28°C).
A 3% addition of salt is required.
23 TSP. of salt to every 10 gallons of water (30 g/10 L).
Social behavior: As for M.
Suggested companions: As for M.
FOOD: Live; small fish, small crabs, shrimp, worms, insect larvae; pellets; peas; lettuce;
spinach; flakes; plant debris.
Sexual differences: Too hard to distinguish
Spawning immediately follows a simple courtship where the male circles the female.
4, 000 eggs are laid.
These hatch in 24-60 hours.
Start feeding with newly hatched Brine Shrimp and other small live
Breeding potential: 10.
Spawning has been accomplished only a few times to date, and few details pertaining to
water composition are available.
Remarks: This saltwater species may occasionally visit freshwater habitats and should not be
considered a freshwater species.
Difficulty of care: 8.
This species requires brackish or salt water and a regime of frequent partial water changes.
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