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Anostomus anostomus
Striped headstander
(Linnaeus, 1758)

(Other members of the genus Anostomus)

ADULT SIZE: 18 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-28 C

FOOD: Feed Anostomus anostomus live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Guyana, Peru, Surinam

AQUARIUM CARE: This larger characin needs a larger tank in which it inhabits the middle and bottom strata. Hiding places are essential, and care must be taken to ensure that individuals are feeding happily.

BREEDING: Breeding is difficult, and in most cases will not occur in the aquarium.

Have you bred Anostomus anostomus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Anostomus anostomus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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