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captwiggum 05-23-2008 01:41 PM

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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jeaninel 05-23-2008 02:03 PM

Looks like a Leporinus. Be forewarned, they get BIG.

iamntbatman 05-23-2008 02:34 PM

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.

herefishy 05-23-2008 02:36 PM

Indeed it is a leporinus. Yes they do get big. Yes they can be nippy. And, yes, they tear up plants.

Cody 05-23-2008 04:53 PM

+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.

captwiggum 05-23-2008 07:46 PM

Thanks you guys very much! You are right on the money.

captwiggum 06-07-2008 08:42 PM

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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