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Mono Fish Species:

The mono is a variety of fish that lives in salty and brackish waters of the Atlantic though it is widespread in areas of Africa, India, and the tropics.

These fish can also include species like the pomfret and are classified as moony fish or finger fish. They get their peculiar names from their appearance, which is mostly flattened. They resemble kites or flattened discs placed upright.

They are a favorite of dinner tables all over the world. The juveniles of this species are especially aesthetic and therefore are a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts.

The mono is an appellation that is usually used to describe the African moony.

This is a smaller variety of the mono family and is also quite a craze among aquarium owners because of the relative ease of raising these fish. These finger fish can be identified with the appearance of four stripes vertically across their bodies. As with all fish, there are some considerations that need to be borne in mind when you are trying to raise them. The specific gravity and acidity of the water that they are raised in can have a dramatic effect on their lifespan. Ideally, you should use fresh seawater to raise these fish. Bearing this in mind, you should be absolutely sure that you do not mix this species with a freshwater species, as the brackishness of the water could kill the freshwater fish. This fish can require a rather large fish tank especially if there are more than one of these species present in the same tank. This is because of a territorial streak among the fish. Curiously, these fish, despite their puny size, require a lot of nutrition. They can be fed live prey in the form of insects but will also accept fish food. Note that they need to be fed until they are actually, visibly full.

Disease among this variety of aquarium fish is not something to worry about as they are quite resistant to most diseases. The only time that these fish can end up being susceptible to disease is when they are living in an environment that is not the correct pH or specific gravity. Sometimes a mono can shy away from food until live prey enters their environment. If a mono is not feeding despite this, then there is something wrong in the fish. Check this against the well-being of all populations.

  Submitted on February 5, 2010