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|
|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℃
Banded Leporinus inhabit fast-moving, soft acidic rocky waters in river channels, tributaries, and floodplain lakes in Guianas and La Plata in the Amazon River Basin in Central South America.
This species will migrate into flooded forest areas during the rainy season.
Other Leporinus of interest
What to feed the Black Banded Leporinus
The Black Banded Leporinus is not a fussy eater and will take almost anything you give them.
This species does prefer a diet consisting of mainly plant matter such as algae and leaves, but they will also eat flakes, pellets, and wafers but avoid giving them foods with high protein content in them.
They will also readily accept live and frozen foods and will appreciate small snails as a treat for nourishment.
How to Breed the Black Banded Leporinus
Unfortunately, there has been no successful recordings of the Banded Leporinus being bred in the home aquarium.
It is said that these fish will become sexually mature when they reach around 15 cm in length. In the wild, they will choose their mate and become a pair, then from December till may they migrate in flooded forests where they will form a type of nest amongst dense aquatic vegetation; the males will then guard the eggs until they hatch.