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Chilodus punctatus (Spotted Headstander)

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One of the less common headstanders which is very peaceful and a worthy addition to any community tank. If you have sufficient space buy a group of at least three individuals as they are more happy in numbers.

The body has a slight greenish colouration which is covered with horizontal rows of brown spots.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

These fish are quite timid and shy so they are best kept in a community tank with other peaceful fish. Their diet consists primarily of vegetable matter, but they should accept most foods. If possible provide them with a dimly lit tank that has plenty of swimming space, but also areas where there is plenty of planted matter to provide shelter

As the common name suggests they tend to swim in the head down position. The females are a little larger than the males at maturity and will also look more rounded when they are full of roe.

This is not an easy fish to spawn, but if you are successful they will scatter the eggs which will drop to the bottom. Remove the parents and the eggs should hatch in around three days with the fry free swimming after another three days or so when they can be fed on baby brine shrimp and other suitable fry foods.

Family Group: Characins
Distribution South America
Temperature 24-28C
Size 8cm
Water Parameters Prefers slightly acid and soft water, but should adapt to most conditions.
Water PH 6.0-7.0
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Difficult
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes