Banded Headstander (Laemolyta taeniata)

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Banded Headstander

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Banded Headstander

Laemolyta taeniata

208 Litres (55 US G.)

22.9-25.4cm (9-10 ")




6.0 - 7.2

23.3-27.8°C (74 -82 °F)

6-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Banded Headstander, Striped Headstander

Additional scientific names

Anostomus taeniata, Anostomus taeniatus, Schizodon taeniatus

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is difficult to visually sex this fish. Mature females may appear more plump than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large fish that does well in groups of at least 6 of its own kind. It can be kept with similar-sized robust yet relatively peaceful fish such as larger Pleco species and Cichlids such as Uaru or Festivums.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An omnivorous fish that will accept both meaty foods like bloodworm as well as vegetable based foods, prefers a more vegetarian diet.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a large and well filtered tank. Prefers a sandy substrate with driftwood décor and some rocks, to imitate their natural biotope which would be predominantly flooded South American forests. They will eat soft-leaved plants. They also require a secure lid as they are good jumpers.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful and loosely-shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A large growing torpedo-shaped fish with colouration similar to that of the Siamese Algae Eater, although Striped Headstanders have a forward pointing mouth, unlike the underslung mouth of an algae-grazing SAE.

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