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South America



Leporinus fasciatus


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From: lanza
I keep two of them with five exodons (extremely aggressive) and five piranhas (extremely aggressive) in a sixty gallon tank. They grow very fast and can hang with the meanest most aggressive fish. They hang out in rock caves that the Australian red claw (crayfish) digs out and eat as much food as possible. One of them is 5 inches and the other is 7 inches. They are going to need a bigger tank soon. I did have a bigger 10 inch one in there also that I had bought but the tank was too small and it was beating up my piranhas I removed it within three weeks. It is a very entertaining tank and is the only fish that I know of that can live with exodons. let alone red belly piranhas
From: Lisa
These fish are definitely not peaceful. In 4 days they've eaten two Black Molly's. They were sold in the Community section. We took them back to the Pet store.
From: Erik R.
I have had one of these fish for close to a year now, he grew at a phenomenal rate, I bought him when he was 3 inches. He is now 10.5-11 inches long. he is by far the most peaceful fish I have in my 100 gallon aquarium. Also he is the most intelligent fish in there too. He knows whether it is me or any member of my family, he will shy away from anyone but me, he will come to the surface to get his "breakfast cookie"(algae wafer) the other fish I have with him are
  • 5 black neons
  • 4 corydoras
  • 3 striped danios (1.5 inches long)
  • 2 pictus cats
  • 5 columbian tetras
  • 3 glass cats

From: From: Heath
They weren't at all aggressive towards anything but others of their species. I've housed them with pacus, silver dollars, bala sharks, pangisus catfish, headstanders, anostomus, blue acaras, oscars, angels, severums, festivums, chalceus, and hold their own with pihranas and exodon paradoxus.
From: From: Josh
I am on my second Leporinus. The first one didn't give me any problem's and was about 5" when I took down my tank and gave him away. I have since set up my 65g tank and purchased another. He was only 3" then, but now 6 mo. later he's pushing 7". He is the most aggressive fish I've ever had. He grew up with Gourami's, a Jurupari, and has killed them all one at a time. He's killed my iridescent shark, my Oscar, my Apollo shark, and needle nose gar. He now attacks my black shark..but he defends himself. I do not recommend this highly aggressive fish to anyone!
From: From: Ken
I've got three of these in with Malawi Mbuna and they are very apt at handling themselves. Even the most aggressive of the cichilds leaves them alone and they are growing like crazy despite the fact that the water is harder and more alkaline than their normal South American biotope. They're the most active fish in the whole aquarium and the most voracious eaters. They're already 4 inches long so it will be interesting to see what happens when they reach full size.






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