Spangled Jewel Perch (Leiopotherapon unicolor)

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Spangled Jewel Perch

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Spangled Jewel Perch

Leiopotherapon unicolor

246 Litres (65 US G.)

25-31 cm (9.8-12.2")


1 - 1.015


4.0 - 8.6

15 -30 °C (59-86°F)

6-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

1-5 years



Additional names

Spangled Perch, Spangled Jewel Perch, Bobby Perch, Bobby Cod, Trout Perch, Spangled Grunter, Trout Cod

Additional scientific names

Datnia brevipinnis, Madigania unicolor, Terapon idoneus, Therapon elphinstonensis, Therapon longulus, Therapon truttaceus, Therapon unicolor


Not identifiable except during breeding season. The sexes can then be distinguished by the papilla in the females being large and obvious, but less so in the males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Aggressive, needs a large tank. Not suitable for a community.


Not a fussy eater, will eat insects, crustaceans, molluscs and plant matter.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

A very hardy fish, lives in streams and lakes across Australia, varying in salinity from freshwater through to seawater. Can be found washed into temporary pieces of water (wheel ruts etc.) after heavy rains.


Shoals in large numbers in the wild after rains. In an aquarium environment it exhibits aggressive behaviour towards all fish and is also easily startled, so make sure your tank has a tight-fitting lid.


An oval-shaped fish which has a pale cream iridescent base colour speckled with pale brown spots.


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