Max Size: 10-15cm

Striped Leporinus (Leporinus striatus)

The Striped Leporinus is an attractive fish with a peaceful demeanour. They are very hardy and active but can be quite skittish on occasions. These fish make an excellent member of a community aquarium with medium to large-sized fish and seem to do better when kept in groups.

The Striped Leporinus is a perfect addition to a South American biotope aquarium with larger fish like Silver Dollar Tetras, Giant Danios, Emerald Catfish, Shovelnose Catfish, Headstanders and Plecos. You can also house them with South American Cichlids like Severums, Temporalis, Oscars, and Geophagus. These fish are fast swimmers and usually stay out of situations by just swimming away, preventing them from being bullied.

You should, however, avoid keeping smaller fish like Neon Tetras, Killifish and Micro Rasboras with the Striped Leporinus, and you should not keep Shrimp with these fish as they will all be seen as a snack.

Due to their somewhat nervous disposition and size, you should keep Striped Leporinus in a well-decorated aquarium of at least 200 litres. In addition, the aquarium should have plenty of hiding spaces formed from driftwood and smooth rocks to encourage the natural behaviours of these fish; otherwise, they will place themselves in a corner and rush to hide at any sign of danger.

Plants in the aquarium are not recommended as these fish will eat them, although you could use more natural-looking artificial plants if required. The aquarium will also need to have a tight-fitting lid as they are excellent jumpers.

While not as impressive as the more popular Banded Leporinus, The Striped Leporinus is worthwhile to keep because of its peaceful character, its hardiness, and the decent size it can achieve.

The Striped Leporinus has a torpedo-shaped beige to light brown body with contrasting solid black horizontal stripes. As juveniles, these fish have four horizontal stripes; however, as they mature, the top two bars disappear, and only two lines can be seen; a thick, dark stripe in the middle of the body and a slightly fainter one below it. In addition, these fish have transparent dorsal, ventral, pectoral, adipose anal and caudal fins, but you may see some redness in some individuals.

Quick Facts
Scientific NameLeporinus striatus
Year Described1858
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asTrios
Lifespan8 - 12 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH4 - 12
71 - 82℉
21.7 - 27.8℃


Striped Leporinus
Striped Leporinus

Natural Habitat

Striped Leporinus are endemic to the Orissanga, ParanĂ¡, Paraguay and Uruguay River Basins in Brazil in South America. These fish inhabit fast-flowing, slightly acidic to neutral waters with a sandy and rocky substrate.


The Striped Leporinus is a foraging omnivore that grazes on algae, organic detritus and invertebrates from submerged solid surfaces. These Leporinus are unfussy in the aquarium and will accept most things offered, although it would be best to avoid foods containing high protein levels.

It would be best to offer your fish a variety of good quality dried food such as flakes, granules and pellets alongside live and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, bloodworm, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and chopped earthworms. These fish will also benefit from the occasional vegetable treat.

Sexual Dimorphism

It can be pretty challenging to differentiate between the male and female Striped Leporinus while young; however, once mature, the females usually grow a little larger than males and have much rounder bodies compared to the slimmer males. The males also develop red/orange throat colouration and overall brighter colours.


Unfortunately, there is little information on the breeding habits of Striped Leporinus, and there are no records of the successful breeding of these fish in the home aquarium. However, it is said that these fish are seasonal spawners and that they form distinct pairs and lay eggs in dense weedy places.

Other Leporinus of interest

Black Banded Leporinus(Leporinus fasciatus)
Red Banded Leporinus(Synaptolaemus latofasciatus)
Spotted Leporinus(Leporinus nijsseni)
Strawberry Leporinus(Leporinus granti)
Date Added: 03/08/2022 13:31:38 - Updated: 03/08/2022 14:49:06