Scientific Name Leporinus fasciatus Other Names Black Banded Leporinus, Leporinus Family Anostomidae Experience Level Intermediate Water Temperature 72-79 F (22-26 C) Water PH 5.5 - 7.5 Water Hardness soft and acidic (1-20°H) Minimum Tank Size 55 gallons Fish Size 12 inches (30 cm) Life Span 5+ years Temperament Grows large and can be aggressive/semi-aggressive, fin nipper Water Level Bottom/middle Tank Mates These fish should live with other large fish that are semi aggressive. They live in shoals and should live with at least two other Banded Leporinus'. Oscar fish can be good tank mates if they tank is large enough to hold both. Breeding Breeding in captivity is almost impossible with little to no records of it happening. Diet/Feeding They live off a plant base diet consisting of leaves, algae, small larvae, small worms, and even fruits are eaten in nature. In captivity chickweed, lettuce, watercress, and cooked peas can supply a suitable diet for these guys. Vegetable flakes can be bought at a fish store and can be fed if the fish will accept them. Natural Environment In the wild this fish can be found in the rocky river beds of south America. They are familiar with strong currents and a sandy bottom. The banded leporinus will position itself head down in rocky clefts and fissures. Aquarium Environment The aquarium should reflect its natural environment as much as possible. Using a power head to create a current is recommended since they are accustomed to strong river currents in the wild. Having plenty of rocky hiding places and a fine graveled bottom will also help this little guy feel at home, in your home. Any real plants in the tank will likely be eaten since they are herbivores. The tank should be fully covered because these fish are great jumpers and may jump right out of an open top tank! Tank Cleaning A good quality filter will keep fresh water moving through the tank. Depending on the number of other fish in the tank will determine how often a water change is needed. A safe bet is to change about 20 - 25% of the water every couple weeks. Banded Leporinus Facts ~The name Leporinus is of French origin and it means "little hare".
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