Clown Spotteded Leporinus (Leporinus nijsseni)
The Clown Spotteded Leporinus (Leporinus nijsseni) is one of most popular and brightly colored of this group of fish. Its spotty pattern of black and yellow are very striking and really make this fish stand out. It is also very large, usually reaching 12 inches (30 cm) in the length in the wild, though in captivity they generally reach only about 8 inches (20 cm). The size and bold, spotted pattern of the Clown Spotted Leporinus makes it a very attractive fish in the aquarium.
The Clown Spotted Leporinus is a good community fish, but it is very active and should be kept in a large aquarium. Keep the aquarium covered as they are very good jumpers, and can jump long distances. Even though they are usually peaceful, they can be fin nibblers, so choose their tank mates carefully. We have kept them with a wide variety of community fish as well as small Cichlids.
An aquarium well suited for this fish has a sandy bottom with pieces of wood and rocks. As long as there is algae growing on the wood and rocks, the Clown Spotted Leporinus will swim in a head down position, constantly grazing. If there is no algae, it will nibble on the shoots and leaves of plants.
- Species – Leporinus nijsseni
- Common Name – Clown Spotted Leporinus
- Origin – Amazon region of South America.
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – 6 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 24-28°c
- Breed Type – egg layer
- Current Size – approximately 6cm (Grows to approximately 17cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed