Spotted Headstander - Chilodus punctatus
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Item # 208483 / Manufacturer Part # F90 0022 0402
The Spotted Headstander (Chilodus punctatus) is an interesting fish that has the habit of swimming at a 45 degree angle with its head down. It is has an elongated silver to gray body that is marked with numerous black spots.
The Spotted Headstander is a peaceful fish that is generally well-suited for community aquariums. It can be kept with most community species of similar size. It will, however, become territorial and aggressive towards its own kind as it matures. For this reason they are best kept one per tank unless the aquarium is large enough to avoid territorial conflict. When kept in large groups, this territorial behavior is reduced.
Provide some hiding places using material such as plants, driftwood, or other decor, as they will sometimes seek refuge. Headstanders are relatively hardy fish as long as the water quality is maintained. They are sensitive to cooler temperatures, so be sure that the water stays within the recommended range.
They will normally accept flakes and pellets, as well as frozen treats such as brine shrimp and blood worms. They also require a lot of plant matter in their diet, and will nibble aquarium plants if not given enough. Spirulina pellets or flakes, algae and occasional fresh greens will satisfy this nutritional requirement.
|Common Name||Spotted Headstander|
|Scientific Name||Chilodus punctatus|
|Max Size (in inches)||3|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||20|
|Difficulty||Easy to Moderate|