QS – T. triacanthus 2017-02-09T09:03:52-08:00

These little fish are quite comical in their behavior.  Being true to their name, they mimic dead leaves swaying in the current, but the fun doesn’t end there.  Rather than swim, these cute little scorps move from place to place by crutching or hopping along the substrate.  In fact, they soon recognize their keepers, and will come hopping over to beg for a handout.  Their bodies are extremely laterally compressed, with a high, sail-shaped dorsal fin.  They come in a variety of colors, yellow, brown, red, or mottled.  The deep red specimens are striking, but unfortunately, almost always fade to a pinkish cream color in captivity.  They do well in pairs and trios, and can make for a nice little display.  About the only thing I can say that some consider negative is the fact that they can be difficult to wean onto dead food items, so be prepared to offer gut-loaded ghost shrimp for the life of the fish.  That being said, these fish do seem to be easily trained to take food from a small net.  How many fish have you seen hurry INTO a net?