ANOSTOMUS ANOSTOMUS PDF

Click here to find the heater we recommend for an aquarium of this size. To search for other high quality aquarium heaters in your area, click here. Diet This species is an omnivorous grazer browsing solid surfaces for algae, insect larvae and other small items in nature. In the aquarium it should be offered small live and frozen foods as well as plenty of vegetable matter in the form of blanched spinach, lettuce, cucumber, courgette, algae wafers, etc. To find high quality fish foods, click here. It can be maintained in groups of 6 or more in larger tanks, but otherwise keep just a single specimen in a community of peaceful medium to large fishes.

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About the Anostomus Genus: This species is a member of the Anostomidae family, commonly called Anostomids, which contains about species. These are freshwater fish found in nearly every major body of water in South America, except for the upper regions of the Andes Mountains. The Anostomids have a moderately elongated and somewhat rounded body with the head tapering to a rather long, straight snout.

They are considered an edible fish, and some of the larger species are regularly caught for food. The scientific name, Anostomidae, describes their mouth opening. Derived from ancient Greek, the term "ano" means "up" and "stoma" means "mouth. Most graze on plants and algae near the bottom, but some also pick up detritus and tiny invertebrates living in the substrate.

Actually, a number of other fish species from South America are known as headstander fish. There are also headstanders from the Chilodus genus of the Chilodontidae family. Within the Anostomidae family, this species is placed in the Anostomus genus. The Anostomus genus currently has 5 recognized species, though only the Striped Headstander A.

This small genus of fish are found in the Orinoco and Amazon Basins, as well as various rivers in the Guianas. Large shoals are typically found along the shores of rivers and streams. They dwell in nearly vertical rocky fissures in shallow areas, where the water is fast-moving and the algae is at its best.

About the Striped Headstander: The Striped Headstander, like others of its genus, inhabits the shallow rocky shores of rivers and streams in areas of fast-flowing water. They occur in large shoals and graze on algae and stalked plants. They also feed on detritus and tiny invertebrates near the bottom, including worms, crustaceans, and insects.

A single specimen can be kept in a community with other peaceful medium to large fish. Although they live in large groups in the wild, in the aquarium they will become aggressive with conspecifics if kept in a small school. They will tolerate each other, however, when kept in groups of 7 or more in larger aquariums. The pelvic and anal fins are transparent with red striping. Size of fish - inches: 7.

Lifespan: 5 years - They have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years in the aquarium. Fish Keeping Difficulty The Striped Headstander is a fairly hardy fish as long as the aquarium is well maintained, but it is best kept by an aquarist with some fish keeping experience.

Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate Foods and Feeding In the wild, the Striped Headstander will feed on algae, aquatic plants, insects, detritus, and small invertebrates. In the aquarium, these omnivorous fish will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day along with a good spirulina formula fish food or algae wafer. Feed brine shrimp either live or frozen or blood worms as a treat.

They will also enjoy other vegetable matter, such as chickweed, watercress, crushed lettuce leaves, and spinach leaves. They may nibble on the soft shoots and leaves of aquarium plants, especially if there is not enough algae growth in the tank.

They do best when fed several times a day. Offer only what they can eat in 3 minutes or less at each feeding. Diet Type: Omnivore.

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