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Count the stripes in its pattern and you can guess how old the Black-Banded Leporinus is!
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Hi! I bought my fish as a baby, maybe 2 inches long. Believe it or not I've now had my fish for 13 yrs & have just now gotten around to looking him up! I love the pictures I've found & find all the information & comments interesting. What I can't believe is that most say these fish gets along well with others. Over the years I've had mine with angelfish, tiger & cherry barbs, snails, small gouramis, large plecostomus & bleeding hearts. He's killed them all! I actually saw him kill a 4 inch plecostomus by ramming him several times until the belly was exposed & he started his feast. That happened in a matter of minutes before I could even get something else set up to put the plecostomus in! It's been 6 yrs now that he's been by himself. I can't stand him killing the other fish! He's very beautiful though with the redish color on his throat really standing out. I wish I could put him with something but as old as he is now I'm afraid to introduce something else for fear of making him sick! Lynn
They have an insane jumping ability. People, you MUST keep a solid lid on your tank. No lid will eventually result in their demise if they're in a position to be spooked while you're not around. Keep the tank covered!
I had a Leporinus Fasciatus for 7 years and loved him very much. His name was Sherman and he was pretty agressive. At over 8 inches, he had stretch marks on his sides and little red teeth. The only other fish I had with him was a Plecostomos that was 7-8 in. He would quarrel at times but they got along pretty well. He was known to try to jump out of the tank if he was upset/frustrated. Once he splashed a third of the water out of his tank when he jumped 6 inches out of it towards me, due to frustration. Although he was a little rough around the edges, he was a great fish with tons of personality.
I have had my leporinus for about four years or so now and he is just under 1 foot in length. He was always an aggressive and sneaky character, even as a cute little 2" youngster fresh from the LFS. I originally had him in a tank with semi-aggressive tropicals (Tiger Barbs, Pictus Cats, etc...) but the bigger he grew, the more of my other fish he killed off. I came so close to finding him a new home on many different occasions but I just couldn't do it... I found I had grown quite attached to him. Instead I just kept getting bigger fish for him to live with. I now have him in a tank with a Green Severum, A Blue Acara, a common Pleco and a handful of Silver Dollars. Everyone gets along amazingly well with only some occasional half hearted squabbling.
The Leps are nice, but boy can they consume snails. I had one that ate every snail I put in the tank. I was told they were more towards vegetarian, so I didn't realize it was this fish doing the eating. Kept buying more snails, only having them disappear, with empty floating shells, or actual holes in their shells. As soon as I got rid of the fish, my snails flourished.
i raised 13 of these fish in a 115 gal aquarium. This was 10 years ago and they lived for 6 years when i had them. They are a great fish in a sole species tank. They did so well im gonna try it again, but in a 35/40 gal tank with 6 instead of 13. i can't wait to see the results. dave
I raised one from a baby. When we moved I had to give him away and he jumped out of the bowl before I had a chance to cover it. I heard a cat crying and as we do not have a cat I could not figure out where it was coming from... and it was this fish. I just bought 2 babies and one died. I am feeding it tropical fish food as I did the other, I hope he does ok.
Hi, I have four leporinus in a 85 gallon tank with a couple oscars and plecostomus. They are getting close to 9 inches now. They have been great to own never showing much hostility at all. All the fish were bought as infants and raised together, which may have helped their dispositions.
Hi, I have one with a 1.3 ft pleco, a small pirhana, and two 7 inch pacus. Mine seems to having more fun with other fish. It loves to feed on the bottom of the tank also
Hi I bought one of these guys and after a week ---my three parrot fish, my angel fish, my pleco and my panda cory catfish all had chewed fins and tails! He would corner my parrot fish and then just keep nipping at her tail. The only one he didn't seem to nibble on was my green severum. I have put him in his own tank. He seems very cranky and I am not sure that I like him too much.I guess time will tell--right now I say he is a MEAN fish! Ronda