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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

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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