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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fish of the Week: Ternetz's Anostomus

Anostomus anostomus
Type: Freshwater
A.K.A: Red Mouth Headstander, Striped Headstander
Scientific Name: Anostomus Ternetzi
Origin: South America
Temperment: This fish can be territorial so it is best to provide this species with lots of room in the aquarium
Lifespan: 5 - 8 years
Aquarium Conditions:
- ph: 5.8 - 7.5
- Temp: 75 - 82 degrees
Minimum Aquarium Size: 35 gallons.
Fully Grown Size: 5 - 6 inches
Food: This fish is an omnivore and eats a variety of items including sinking pellets, algae wafers, tropical fish flakes, and veggies
Breeding: This fish is very difficult to breed in an aquarium setting and little is known on breeding techniques.
Sexing: Females typically tend to have rounder bellies that the males.
Tank Mates: This species needs to be kept in a group of 6 or more. This fish can also get along with the more peaceful cichlids. This fish is not to be kept with invertebrates since it will eat them.
Here is some video of these guys in an aquarium:

Where To Purchase:

Anostomus anostomus "Striped Headstander"


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