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    Headstanders

    Headstanders
    • Diet
    • Tank Environment
    • Tank Mates
    • Interesting Facts
    • Common Species
    • Origin: Indo-Pacific
    • Average Size: Varies by species
    • Lifespan: Up to 10 years


    Diet
    Headstanders are primarily herbivores (vegetable eaters) Lettuce, peas, zucchini, algae wafers. Feed small worms, plankton, or beef heart as occasional treats.

    Tank Environment
    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.

    Tank Mates
    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

    Interesting Facts
    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.

    Common Species

    Marbled HeadstanderAbramites hypselonotus
    Max. Size: 6”
    Temperament: A bit nippy, aggressive to own kind, keep only one per tank.

    Striped HeadstanderAnostomus anostomus
    Max. Size: 6”
    Temperament: Nippy to other species, keep in schools of 5 or more to avoid aggressive behavior.

    Spotted HeadstanderChilodus puntatus
    Max. Size: 4”
    Temperament: Peaceful to others, more skittish than other headstanders, keep in schools and provide lots of cover.

    Striped LeporinusLeporinus fasciatus
    Max Sixe: 12”
    Temperament: Peaceful to other species, keep in schools of 5 or more to avoid aggressive behavior.