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Striped Anostomus

posted: 05/15/12
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Striped Anostomus
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The Striped Anostomus is also known as the Striped Headstander or Cigar Fish. It is native to South America, inhabiting the rivers of Venezuela, Guyana, and Colombia. This unusual-looking species gets its name from its cigar-shaped body, and upward turned mouth. Horizontal brown/black stripes with alternating yellow stripes, along with a red tail and dorsal fin differentiate this fish from other species in this family. This species will make a very unusual addition to the semi-aggressive community aquarium.

Roots, rocks, and driftwood make the best decorations for aquariums containing this species. The Striped Anostomus may eat tender plants. An avid jumper, this fish will require a hood on the aquarium. Although the Striped Anostomus may be somewhat aggressive towards its own species, it is usually quite peaceful with other species.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Striped Anostomus have not been documented.

An omnivore, Anostomus anostomus is not a finiky eater. Flake foods, pellet food, frozen foods, and freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp will be accepted.

Ideal tank mates include: Passive Cichlids, Rainbowfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Barbs, Gouramis, Small Danios, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.

Fish Facts

Name: Striped Anostomus (Anostomus anostomus)

Family: Anostomidae

Range: Amazon, South America

Size: Up to 7 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Rocks, plants, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 72-83°F; pH 6.5-7.2; dH 5-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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