11-14-2009, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Here's a photo of Leporinus fasciatus. This fish grows to 12 inches, is known as a fin nipper and "bully" to smaller fish, and requires plant/vegetable food. It is also good at jumping out of tanks, so keep it well covered. But what size is your tank? This fish needs room, a tank of at least 4 feet in length is recommended. Fish stores too often have these fish as juveniles, they are very attractive, and aquarists not knowing what they are getting buy them; store staff sometimes don't have the knowledge to explain the difficulties.
Yeah, the fish store didn't know what it was. They called it a zebra botia. Anyways. I have a 60 gal show tank. he (or she) doesn't really hang out at the top. It stays at the bottom towards the caved areas. It'll come to the middle area of the tank when it feeds but rarely to the top. When i got it, it was semi-aggresive but only towards a bumble bee cichlid i have. I changed the rocks in the tank around so he is getting along with everyone. I noticed that just like cichlids, they are territorial. Supprisingly it allows all fish into it's territory as long as they are just passing by, with the exception of the cleaner fish. Cleaner fish hang out in his space and he doesn't seem to mind.