The Spotted Leporinus (Leporinus nijsseni) is an interesting and uncommon characin from the headstander family. It is native to Suriname and French Guiana in South America. This beautifully marked species grows to a much smaller size than its more common relative, the Banded Leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus). It is a generally peaceful species and a wonderful addition to the medium to large aquarium.
The Spotted Leporinus is generally peaceful with other fish of similar size. It is somewhat social as a juvenile, but adults need plenty of space to cohabitate in the aquarium. This species will likely prey on very small invertebrates, so it should not be kept with small shrimp, crabs, or crayfish. It is a hardy species as long as it has plenty of space in a well-maintained aquarium. Like all headstanders, the Spotted Leporinus is a skilled jumper, so a secure lid is necessary for its aquarium.
The Spotted Leporinus is an omnivore. It will feed on algae in the aquarium, but it might also eat some ornamental plants. It requires some meaty foods, but should not be fed a diet that is particularly high in animal protein.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful markings
- Hardy and outgoing once established in the aquarium
- Peaceful with most fish too large to be considered prey
- Ideal "community" medium to large fish
- Very uncommon, especially tank-bred
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68° - 82° F (20° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 7.5
- KH: 1 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 40-50 gallons for a single specimen. 75+ gallons for multiple specimens
- Diet: Omnivorous. Requires a diet with plenty of vegetable matter as well as some meaty foods.
- Social behavior: Generally peaceful with fish of similar size. Adults might be somewhat territorial with one another.
- Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Suriname and French Guiana, South America
- Average adult size: Up to 6.7 inches (17 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)