Spotted Headstander Care Guide

Spotted Headstander
(Chilodus punctatus)

Common names:
Spotted Headstander, Pearl Headstander.

Size: Size reports range from 7.5-10cm

pH: 6.0 – 7.0

Tempº: 24ºC - 28ºC

Tank region: Middle layer

Origin: Guyana, Suriname, Brazil.

Gender: Males dorsal fin is slightly elongated, Females have a more rounded belly.

Notes: This intriguing creature from South America is peaceful to other community fishes, but can become aggressive towards it’s own kind. They swim at a 45° angle. If several are going to be kept together, then the aquarium must have adequate room for all the fishes territorys, and there should be at least 4

Spotted headstanders to ensure that 1 bully does not emerge and bully the other fish to death. They can be kept in singles. When kept in large groups, the territorial behavior is reduced. It is important to keep the water quality at tops, as this fish can be fairly delicate. They are placid fish who like lots of shade, so it is important to keep them in a well planted tank.

They are very peaceful, and can be kept with peaceful community fish. They do especially well corydoras catfish, small schooling characins (Hatchetfish, Tetras…) and other peaceful schooling fish. They are easy to food – taking live foods, prepared foods and plant matter. To prevent them nibbling aquarium plants, it is important to feed them fresh veggies regularly.


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