Image of Anostomus anostomus (Striped headstander). Anostomus anostomus Etymology: Anostomus: Greek, ana = up + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. ). Characin fish guide for Striped Headstander, Anostomus anostomus, Striped Anostomus information, facts, pictures and description, Striped Headstander care . Freshwater Fish Misc. Fish. Anostomus Cigar Fish (Anostomus anostomus) Item: Anostomus Cigar Fish. Due to variations within species, your item may not look.

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The Striped Headstander tends to be shy, especially when first introduced to the tank. This fish does well in a biotype tank setup. Maximum Standard Length — mm.

Anostomus anostomus – Wikipedia

There are also headstanders from the Chilodus genus of the Chilodontidae family. Enter a Freshwater Aquarium. Feed the newly hatched fry brine shrimp nauplii, Cyclops, and algae.

They add great color to a tank containing Microsorium pteropus, Anubias spp.

Feed brine shrimp either live or frozen or blood worms as a treat. You will want good water circulation as well.

The Anostomus should be kept alone as they will fight with members of its’ family. If you would like to submit a profile for the site please contact me. The more closely their environment resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier. Be sure to keep the aquarium covered. I recently noticed small light patches on the flanks of some of these fishes, then on watching carefully I saw one of them floating stationary while the Anostomus busily scraped away a patch of scales.


The Red Mouth Headstander A. This small genus of fish are found in the Orinoco and Amazon Basins, as well as various rivers in the Guianas. This handsome species will add a unique interest to any moderate-sized or larger aquarium. The profiled fish will be chosen randomly by Badman, and will come from the complete genre of tropical fish.

Anostomus anostomus

Anoetomus from ancient Greek, the term “ano” means “up” and “stoma” means “mouth. The Striped Headstander is a fairly hardy fish as long as the water is kept clean, but it is best kept by an aquarist with some fish keeping experience. Make sure the tank has a tight fitting cover as these fish are great jumpers. Listed tank sizes are the minimum. A South American Riverbank setup.

The family Anostomidae is distributed throughout much of tropical and subtropical South America from northwestern Colombia to central Argentina. Individual fish will mark out territories, however, and if a group is too small, they will become quarrelsome and fight.

These are freshwater anostomuz found in nearly every major body of water in South America, except for the upper regions of the Andes Mountains. Cigar shaped and very elongated. The area between anowtomus stripes is a Gold or Mustard color.

Striped Headstander, Anostomus anostomus, Annostomus Cigar Fish

Rudiger Riehl and Hans A. The pelvic and anal fins are transparent with red striping.

Over time, decomposing organic anosromus, nitrates, and phosphate build up and water hardness increases due to evaporation. Remove the parents from the tank once the eggs are shed as they have a tendency to eat them. It should have a fairly large tank 30 or 20 gallon long with a dark substrate and plenty of hiding areas, like bogwood and rocks, a few plants will finish the decor. It has breed in captivity, but I was unable to find any details. The Pectoral and Anal fins have Red striping, interlaced with clear.


Within the Anostomidae family, this species is placed in the Anostomus genus. For example, it may not do well with catfish from the genus Hemiancistrusthe Chinese Algae Eaters of the Gyrinocheilus genus, or freshwater sharks from the genus Epalzeorhynchos.

Fortunately, the scales regenerate very quickly, with no harm done. Baensch in their book, Aquarium Atlas Vol. It can be kept alone or in a group of anostomux own kind, but if the group is small, they become quarrelsome and fight with each other. They can be kept singly or in a group. Additional species photographs Discuss: The top one starts at the head and goes through the dorsal fin area and can be seen from both sides. The middle one starts at the mouth, goes through the eye and runs all the way to the tail.

This species is an omnivorous grazer browsing solid surfaces for algae, insect larvae and other small items in nature. They are a shy fish and if kept with aggressive feeders can starve in a tank. A single specimen can be kept in a community with other peaceful medium to large fish.