Image of Anostomus anostomus (Striped headstander). Anostomus anostomus Etymology: Anostomus: Greek, ana = up + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. ). Characin fish guide for Striped Headstander, Anostomus anostomus, Striped Anostomus information, facts, pictures and description, Striped Headstander care . Freshwater Fish Misc. Fish. Anostomus Cigar Fish (Anostomus anostomus) Item: Anostomus Cigar Fish. Due to variations within species, your item may not look.

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Stressed fish are more likely to acquire disease. The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your Striped Headstander the proper environment and a well-balanced diet. They are great at keeping the algae in check and will graze on finer plants. They are a shy fish and if kept with aggressive feeders can starve in a tank.

They dwell in nearly vertical rocky fissures in shallow areas, where the water is fast-moving and the algae is at its best. A South American Riverbank setup. A very nice looking fish. For example, it may not do well with catfish from the genus Hemiancistrusthe Chinese Algae Eaters of the Gyrinocheilus genus, or freshwater sharks from the genus Epalzeorhynchos.

They will also enjoy other vegetable matter, such as chickweed, watercress, crushed lettuce leaves, and spinach leaves. The family Anostomidae is distributed throughout much of tropical and subtropical South America from northwestern Colombia to central Argentina.

Aquarium Care The Striped Headstander is not exceptionally difficult to care for provided their water is kept clean. You will want good water circulation as well.


A good thing ankstomus Headstanders is that due to their resilience, an outbreak of disease can often be limited to just one or a few fishes if dealt with at an early stage. The more closely their environment resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier.

Up to 7 inches 20 cm Tank: Mine is about 5. They add great color to a tank containing Microsorium pteropus, Anubias spp. Description The Striped Headstander is an elongated fish with a rounded, pike-type body. Reproduction Information is very scarce. A single specimen can be kept in a community with other peaceful medium to large fish.

Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up and water hardness increases due to evaporation. They have been known to nip, so judge accordingly.

Striped Headstander

The top one starts at the head and goes through the dorsal fin area and can be seen from both sides. Breeding Anostomus has been accomplished in captivity, and the Striped Headstander is bred on a commercial basis in both South America and Asia, but no firm data is available. The Red Mouth Headstander A.

Keep the tank in the 75 to 80 degree range 24 to 27c and in neutral water. Derived from ancient Greek, the term “ano” means “up” and “stoma” means “mouth.

Anostomus anostomus – Wikipedia

If you would like to submit a profile for the site please contact me. The bottom starts at the throat area and runs qnostomus the base of the tail fin. Condition them by feeding them live foods. A River Manifold system can be installed to give this fish a good current.


Additional species photographs Discuss: They may nibble on the soft shoots and leaves of aquarium plants, especially if there is not enough algae growth in the tank. It can be kept alone or in a group of its own kind, but if the group is small, they become quarrelsome and fight with each other.

Anostomus anostomus – Wikispecies

As anosomus most fish, they are prone to skin flukes, parasitic infestations protozoa, worms, etc. Aquariums are closed systems, and regardless of size, all need some maintenance. Maintenance A biotope -style set-up could consist of a sandy substratepiles of smooth rocks and driftwood roots and branches, some of which should penetrate the water surface. Baensch, Aquarium Atlas Vol. Offer only what they can eat in 3 minutes or less at each feeding.

I recently noticed small light patches on the flanks of some of these fishes, then on watching carefully I saw one of them floating stationary while the Anostomus busily scraped away a patch of scales. There are currently 5 species in the Anostomus genus, but only the Striped Headstander and its cousin, the Red Mouth Headstander Anostomus ternetziare well-known in the aquarium hobby.

Aquarium Setup The Striped Headstander is generally a peaceful schooling fish when kept with a community of similarly sized fishes.

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