High-Backed Headstander (Abramites hypselonotus)

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High-Backed Headstander

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High-Backed Headstander

Abramites hypselonotus

114 Litres (30 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




6.0 - 7.5

22.2-27.8°C (72 -82 °F)

2-18 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

10-15 years



Additional names

Marbled Headstander

Additional scientific names

Leporinus hypselonotus


These fish are difficult to sex visually, mature females may appear plumper.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Peaceful with tank mates but may tussle amongst themselves. Should be best kept singly when adult for this reason. If the tank is large enough a group of 5 or more can be kept. Is generally peaceful towards other fish. Best kept with similar sized peaceful fish.


Will accept most foods, is primarily herbivorous eating algae, spirulina and vegetable-based pellets. Benefits from occasional meaty foods like brine shrimp, worms and insect larvae.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

These fish are grazers and for that reason cannot be kept with live plants as they will be eaten. They need a laterally spacious well filtered tank with a secure lid. They do not appreciate very bright lights and need bogwood and rock hiding places.


This is a primarily grazing fish that gets its common name from swimming and hovering in the tank with its head pointed downwards. Can be skittish in a tank environment.


An elongated fish with an arched spine and pointed snout, the arched back only truly develops in adult fish. The body colouration is cream to light brown in base colour which is then marked with seven to nine dark vertical bands. The forehead is yellow as is the adipose fin. The dorsal and pelvic fins have dark bands also while the other fins are mostly translucent.



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