Headstanders are primarily herbivores (vegetable eaters) Lettuce, peas, zucchini, algae wafers. Feed small worms, plankton, or beef heart as occasional treats.
Provide lots of cover with artificial plants
, live plants will be eaten/destroyed. Remove un-eaten vegetables to avoid water fouling. Headstanders prefer slightly dimmer tanks, and may hide if the lighting
is too intense. Breeding in captivity is not recorded.
Most are best kept with medium sized, moderately aggressive South American fish. Angels
, Severums Pacu, Silver Dollars, most catfish
and small tetras
may be eaten by some headstanders, larger species are okay, such as lemons, Silver Tips, and Skirts
Headstanders get their name by swimming at a 45 degree angle, head down. They do this to graze on algae and to search for small worms.
A bit nippy, aggressive to own kind, keep only one per tank.
Nippy to other species, keep in schools of 5 or more to avoid aggressive behavior.
Peaceful to others, more skittish than other headstanders, keep in schools and provide lots of cover.
Peaceful to other species, keep in schools of 5 or more to avoid aggressive behavior.