Fish identification help....
I am trying to identify this fish. I got it free with a few other fish that included 2 rope fish and a silver dollar.
the fish in question is about 7-8 inches long and is VERY skittish. For a large fish, you hardly ever see it. it comes out alot more now that it is in my tank, but if it sees someone walking in the room, it takes off and hides. when it hides, i notice it is nose down upright... very strange.... Any insight?
This fish is Leporinus fasciatus fasciatus. Very similar to the almost identical L. fasciatus affinis, but this one [L. fasciatus fasciatus] has ten instead of nine vertical bands and the lobes on the caudal fin are pointed instead of rounded. It is said to grow to 12 inches, and is a jumper so needs a covered tank with roots and/or large rocks for shelter. Its natural habitat are several tributaries of the Amazon River in Brazil and Venezuela. Generally peaceful, but may nip at fins of its own species. It requires a plant/vegetable matter diet.
That's a banded leporinus. Yours is near the large end of the spectrum, although I've heard of them getting as large as a foot long. The only one-footers I've ever seen have been in public aquariums; the largest I've seen in household-sized tanks has been nine or so inches. They're not picky eaters but are notorious fin nippers. The behavior you observed is why they get their nickname of "headstander."
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