Leporinus Fasciatus 8-10cm



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Country of Origin Brazil, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay. Introduced to Hawaii.
Aquarium Level Middle - Top
Water Type Freshwater
Max Size 30cm (11.8")
pH 5.5-7.5
Temperature 22-26°C

Aquarium Care: The Banded Leporinus has a wide distribution throughout the Amazon and Orinoco River basins, and is known from rocky areas with rapidly flowing waters. Adults congregate in sizeable shoals and may be observed feeding on crustaceans, insects, plant matter, and worms. These fish attain a large size and require a very spacious aquarium that measures at least 6ft x 2ft x 2ft (and preferably larger). Juveniles, which sport fewer vertical black stripes than the adults, grow very quickly and should be given space from the outset in order to prevent stunting and associated health problems. The aquarium should be mature and aquascaped with a sand or small-grained, smooth gravel substrate, plenty of sturdy pieces of driftwood and an open swimming space along the front of the tank. Plants are not necessary, but will make the aquarium more aesthetically pleasing; however, as these fish will devour plants, it is essential to choose robust species such as Anubias spp. and Java Fern (Microsorum) that can be tied onto the decor. Of greater importance is the use of powerful filtration (ideally provided by external canisters) and a high level of oxygenation, perhaps provided by spray-bar returns situated above the water line and/or additional powerheads. High water quality is essential for this river-dwelling species, so partial water changes should be carried out on a very regular basis in order to keep nitrogenous waste to a minimum. Sturdy, tight fitting coverslides are requisite, as these fish are accomplished jumpers. Although gregarious in the wild, Banded Leporinus can be rather quarrelsome when maintained in small groups in aquaria. For this reason, it is necessary to keep either a single specimen, or a group of at least 8 individuals together (introduced simultaneously), as then any belligerent behaviour will be spread throughout the shoal, and no one fish will bear the continual brunt of any aggression. Tankmates could include medium-large sized peaceful cichlids (particularly rheophilic species), large characins, talking catfish (doradids) and suckermouth catfish (loricariids). Small fish will be eaten, so choose tankmates with care. Banded Leporinus are classified within the Family Anostomidae (headstanders), of which there are currently some 156 described species within 14 genera. Many species from this family swim at an oblique or head-down angle, hence the common family name of headstander. Banded Leporinus may exhibit slightly different colour and pattern depending on collection location within its vast natural range. May also be seen on sale as Eight Banded Leporinus or Striped Leporinus.

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Shipping Policy

We ship our fish with DX, the only courier in the United Kingdom who are licensed to ship fish and other livestock by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We can guarantee next-day delivery for £32 between Monday and Thursday for orders placed before 1pm and for boxes up to 25kg.

We are able to ship on Friday for a Saturday arrival, but this service will cost £45.

Please note that we will not send a fish that day if overnight temperatures are due to be lower than 6 degrees Celsius.

Some of the fish we stock can be sexed and are sold in a pair of 1 male and 1 female. Please bear in mind, however, that we attempt to match them correctly to the best of our anatomic knowledge but there can be some mistakes, as it is not always guaranteed that the fish will be oppositely sexed.

All our fish are packed in double thickness bags for their safety and security.

The bags are then packed into a polystyrene box with a 40h heat pack and a cardboard outer.

After a shipping date is agreed upon, it is the responsibility of the buyer to be at home when the package arrives.

Once the fish arrive it is your responsibility to acclimatise and then quarantine them using the dripping method. All fish leave our care in good health.

International Shipping

On account of stringent regulations and certificates surrounding the shipping of live fish reintroduced following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) in 2016, Aquarium-Fish Ltd are no longer able to ship to the EU.

However, we are able to ship anywhere else in the world. Please get in touch if you reside outside the UK and are interested in making a purchase to discuss shipping costs and times.



Dead on Arrival (DOA)

Policy In the unfortunate but unlikely event of your livestock arriving dead we offer a fairly standard common-sense DOA policy, standard for the tropical fishkeeping hobby.

In the event that a fish is DOA, you should contact us within 2 hours of arrival. Failure to meet this timeline will void the warranty with no exceptions.

When contacting us following a DOA, please ensure you send us a video and 3 photos of the fish in the unopened sealed bag it was originally packaged in.

Please take the time to ensure that you send us clear photos. Following a DOA, we will apply the credit of the fish (Excluding shipping) towards a future purchase.

If you pay the shipping again then we can discuss sending you a replacement, or hold the total credit for a future purchase.

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