Spotted Headstander Tropical Fish Information

Chilodus punctatus
Spotted Headstander
Behaviour Peaceful, shoaling
Typical size 7cm
Max size 8cm
Tank Area Middle, all
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 4
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live, vegetable based foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness s,m
Spotted Headstander Chilodus punctatus
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Spotted Headstander (Chilodus punctatus)

Spotted Headstander Tropical Fish Learn all about the Spotted Headstander's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Spotted Headstander is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Spotted Headstander is a popular fish for fishkeepers with an eye for the unusual. In the case of headstanders, the fish's habit of positioning itself almost vertically with the head down provides that extra interest. The fish is a little timid and must be kept in groups with other peaceful fishes. Ideally, the aquarium should have well filtered water and plenty of shaded hiding spots. The Spotted Headstander is a very peaceful fish, although it may nibble at delicate plants. Soft, acidic water is preferred.

Spotted Headstander Facts

Family Chilodontidae | Origin South America; Amazon and Orinoco River basins, Guyana, Suriname | Breeding Open water egg scatterer | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7, soft to medium



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