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Anostomus anostomus
Striped headstander
(Linnaeus, 1758)

(Other members of the genus Anostomus)




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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Anostomus anostomus
Striped headstander

Anostomus anostomus
Striped headstander
breeding notes

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?

This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

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Would Anostomus anostomus be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Anostomus anostomus?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

In general, how difficult is Anostomus anostomus to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Anostomus anostomus?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 28oC+
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Difficult
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 24th November 2012Breeding date: 2012
Breeder: Location:

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