Headstander - Leporinus affinis
Scientific name: Leporinus affinis
Common name: Headstander
Usual size in fish tanks: 19 - 24 cm (7.48 - 9.45 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 14°N (71.43 - 250ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Although Headstander is classed as predatory it will accept vegetable matter. Its main diet should consist of blood worms, brine shrimp, and frozen shrimps. It will also require spirulina flake, pellets and cucumber or peas.
South and Central America; Headstanders are to be found in the Amazonian Basins.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet, there are no reported cases of Leporinus affinis breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Leporinus affinis is 5 years.
Headstanders have been known to jump out of tanks, always use a tight fitting lid. They are best kept in groups but may have disagreements with each other every now and again. Power heads should be added to the tank to provide strong water current. Using live plants will not work as they will get eaten; add artificial ones to provide some cover for the fish.
Page updated on 07/10/2007 (dd/mm/yyyy) because it was referring to a synonym of fish listed here.
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