Black Banded Leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus)
The Banded Leporinus is one of the most popular and vividly coloured of this species of fish.
They are a fairly hardy fish but are more suited to that of an experienced aquarist, rather than a beginner.
Although they can be peaceful with the right tank mates and water parameters, they can also be very destructive and can nip at other fish's fins and even remove their scales, if kept with the wrong kind of fish. They will also grow rather large, which is a significant problem for the lesser experienced hobbyist.
It is essential to keep either a single individual or a group of at least six together then any disruptive behaviour will be spread throughout the shoal. Then no one fish will bear the constant brunt of any aggression, and more importantly, these fish should be housed in a large aquarium with a proper fitting lid as they are skilled jumpers and will try and jump out if given the opportunity.
The Banded Leporinus has a torpedo-shaped, elongated, heavy body with an arched back and thinner tail, they have sharp, rabbit-like front teeth and they have thick vertical bands of yellow and black that are absolutely stunning and make this fish stand out.
An interesting fact about the Banded leporinus is that the older they get, the more yellow bands they get and the oranger they become, some say you can determine their age by counting these bands.
|Scientific Name||Leporinus fasciatus|
|Other Names||Banded Leporinus, striped leporinus|
|Origins||Argentina, Guyana, Suriname|
|Best kept as||Loners|
|Lifespan||7 - 10 years|
|PH||5.5 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 20|
|TDS||20 - 268|
|72 - 82℉|
22.2 - 27.8℃
In the home aquarium, the Black Banded Leporinus will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.