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Leporinus – Leporinus Fasciatus


Common name: Leporinus

Scientific name: Leporinus Fasciatus

Average Adult Fish Size: 12 inches / 30 cm

Place of Origin: Amazon, Venezuela

Typical Tank setup: Amazon biotope with a lot of hiding places which include rocks and bogwood/driftwood. Leporinus eat live plants, so a few live plants won’t do. They do well in planted aquariums, but a lot of plants are necessary to minimize the damage they do to them.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 30 gallon / 120 litre for fish up to 3 inches / 7.5 cm in length and 60 gallon / 240 litre or larger for fully mature fish.

Compatibility: Leporinus can be very aggressive. Best if kept with moderately aggressive to aggressive fish of similar size.

Temperature: 72 – 77 Deg F / 22 – 25 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 5.5 – 7.5

Feeding: Feed a predominantly vegetarian diet consisting on veggie flakes, pellets, and wafers. Treats of frozen brine shrimp, live brine shrimp, blood worms, and brown worms can be fed on occasion. A well varied diet is best.

Sexing: Unknown

Breeding: Specifics are unknown

Additional Information: The aquarium they are housed in must have a tight fitting cover as leporinus are prone to jumping out of even the smallest opening.