Banded Leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) 6cm
The Banded Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus is undoubtedly the most popular and brightly colored of this group of fish. Its alternating bands 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 about 8 inches (20 cm). The size and bold, banded pattern of the Banded Leporinus makes it a very attractive fish in the aquarium.
The Black-Banded 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 Black-Banded 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 fasciatus
- Common Name – Banded 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 30cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed