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Goldstripe headstander - Anostomus ternetzi

Goldstripe headstander - Anostomus ternetzi

Scientific name: Anostomus ternetzi

Common name: Goldstripe headstander

Family: Anostomidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 16 cm (4.72 - 6.3 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.2

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 16°N (89.29 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 29 °C (73.4 - 84.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Top levels

Food and feeding

Goldstripe headstanders will accept all foods offered but there must be algae in the diet to keep this fish in top condition. Use a quality flake or small pellets and add algae wafers to the tank if required. Live or frozen foods should be offered as treats, brine shrimp and blood worm are ideal.


South America; Goldstripe headstanders are to be found in the waterways of the Amazon and the Orinoco.


When the females are mature, they will have a rounder body shape than the males.


As of yet, there are no reported cases of Anostomus ternetzi breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Goldstripe headstander is 5-8 years.

Short description

Anostomus ternetzi can be territorial; keeping them in groups of a t least 6 fish will help reduce this. Other tank mates should include peaceful cichlids or short finned characins. If disturbed, these fish will immediately try to jump out of the tank, to prevent this; always use a tight fitting lid.


Bought by from headstander picture 1 Goldstripe headstander picture 2

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