Max Size: 18cm

Spotted Leporinus (Leporinus nijsseni)

The Clown Spotted Leporinus, Leporinus nijsseni, is arguably one of the most attractive species in the Leporinus family. These fish are becoming popular in the fishkeeping hobby thanks to their vibrant colouration and less aggressive nature compared to other Leporinus such as the Black Banded Leporinus.

The Spotted Leporinus can make an excellent community fish in a well-researched aquarium. However, it is essential to bear in mind that they can reach relatively large sizes of up to 18cm, so they will require an appropriately sized aquarium. In addition, this fish is remarkably hardy and highly active. An aquarium with a tight-fitting lid would be advised as The Clown Spotted Leporinus are excellent jumpers and can jump long distances.

The Clown Spotted Leporinus is generally peaceful with fish of similar size; however, adults may be somewhat territorial with one another. In addition, they can be fin nippers, so you will need to choose their tank mates carefully.

This fish has an elongated body, an arched back, and a narrower tail. Its body is a yellowish-gold colour that displays scattered different-sized black spots. The dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fins are transparent, the pelvic fin in some individuals has an orangy-yellow hue, and the anal fin can match the body colours.

The ideal aquarium for this particular fish would comprise a sandy bottom with lumps of rock and pieces of wood. The Spotted Leporinus sometimes swim head-down, continually grazing on the algae. If no algae are present, they will nibble on the leaves of delicate plants, so you should avoid maintaining them in a planted aquarium.

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Clown Spotted Leporinus
Clown Spotted Leporinus
Clown Spotted Leporinus
Clown Spotted Leporinus
Clown Spotted Leporinus
Clown Spotted Leporinus
Quick Facts
Scientific NameLeporinus nijsseni
Other NamesClown Spotted Leporinus
OriginsGuyana, Suriname
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asLoners
Lifespanup to 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 7.5
GH1 - 15
68 - 82℉
20 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Spotted 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

When it comes to Sexual Dimorphism, it is tricky to differentiate between male and female Clown Spotted Leporinus. The only noticeable difference is that adult females are rounder bellied than males.

Other Leporinus of interest

Black Banded Leporinus(Leporinus fasciatus)
Red Banded Leporinus(Synaptolaemus latofasciatus)
Strawberry Leporinus(Leporinus granti)
Striped Leporinus(Leporinus striatus)
Date Added: 09/11/2020 - Updated: 27/09/2022 17:43:11