Leporinus fasciatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Anostomidae
Origin : Brazil, French Guyana, Peru, Surinam
Length : 30 cm - 12"
Min. length aquarium : 250 cm - 100"
English name : Black banded leporinus
Generally peaceful fish that should be kept as a group in a large aquarium. They are sometimes somewhat aggressive to species of their own kind.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones.  Plants can not be used for decoration because they will eat them.  The substrate should be sandy.  A strong water current is appreciated.  You can keep them together with other fishes of equal size.  Because they like to nip fins it is not wise to keep them together with fishes with long fins.  They are good jumpers, so the aquarium should be covered very well.

You should give them mainly vegetable food such as lettuce and fruit.  Young fishes like to eat vegetable dry food as well.

About breeding in the aquarium nothing is known.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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