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post #1 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Please help identify this freshwater tiger striped fish

I bought these fish at PetSmart the other day. There was no label, and the fish manager didn't know what it was. I've searched a couple fish identification sites, but no luck so far. Its 2 inches long.

Anyone know the name of this fish? (picture attached.)

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 03:03 PM
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Looks like a Leporinus. Be forewarned, they get BIG.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 03:34 PM
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She put it in all caps, but in case you didn't get the picture, they get over a foot big. Also, those are one of the few fish you can house with big, mean American cichlids because they're ill-tempered enough to survive.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 03:36 PM
Indeed it is a leporinus. Yes they do get big. Yes they can be nippy. And, yes, they tear up plants.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 05:53 PM
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+1. Banded Lepornius. My LFS has one in an aggresive 180G tank (custom), and it is on steroids. This thing is at least 16" long and is a menace to some fish of its size and smaller. No plants in this tank either.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys very much! You are right on the money.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-07-2008, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Update on my two new Banded Leporinus.

The PetSmart sign said semi-aggressive but that was an understatement. They were nipping the fins of my smaller catfish and the much bigger Three Spot Gourami. I had to get them out of there before I had some dinner fish on my hands. I returned them and have since decided to stick with the less exciting tropical community fish selection.

Thanks again for helping to identify the Leporinus.

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