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 Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?

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bcijoe
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Location : Cape Coral, Fl
Favorite Fish: : Betta, Pacu, Clown Loach, Alfbn Pleco, Yellow Fin Barb (Lemon Barb), White Fin Rosy Tetra, Congo Tetra, more

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PostSubject: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime10/27/2010, 5:52 pm

So I found a single specimen at an LFS and then within a week found the same at another LFS, and again at another. It was an oddity at 2 of those shops.

From what I had been told, they grew a bit large, about 6"-12" but weren't so aggressive.

Then I started reading and also found different results, but it seems like they can be much more aggressive as initially thought.

I heard them to be fin pickers, and have already experienced quite a bit of that... even with fish much larger than them. Had the last of some butterfly koi when I brought them home, and some pacu that are being moved soon, and both had their fins torn.

I've also heard to feed them lots of algae wafers to keep them happy.

Anyone out their with first hand experience raising these?

I currently have them in a mix of medium-large community and semi aggressive fish and was wanting to know what I would need to do, who to move, who to sell, etc.

I bought three at about 2" and within a month or less they are already double in size.

Thanks in advance!
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Shaysfishys
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Location : Lebanon, OR
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PostSubject: Re: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime10/27/2010, 7:09 pm

These are a personal favorite fish of mine well at least top 10!! Was working with them towards breeding anyways here's my personal experience for what its worth.

Adults my smallest one was 10" the largest was 15", they like to eat!! Mine were not fin nippers they lived with a combination of Labeotropheus Fuelleborni, Hypescelera Temparalis and some misc africans that I was growing out with them when they were young. They were hell at devestating fry, "pack hunters" and very good at it. When they start getting to breeding size they will get a bit testier but do some extremely cool synchronized swimming displays. The tougher the roommates the better off you will be to some extent.

They grow very fast but slow a bit between 6-8" then take off again, one of the fastest growing fish I've raised other than livebearers.

Algea wafers yay and nay, some like them some don't.

Heads up!! they are jumpers!! they can jump threw a knothole, if you go to catch them when they start getting a bit more size on them lower your water level 4-6" at least, they run wild dolphins for their money when it comes to this. Even though mine had very regular water changes they never got used to it, freaked when they seen a net and were always flighty.

Water chemistry they are flexible though never tried hard water, temp 78 - 82F.
If I can think of anything I'll be sure and post it.
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bcijoe
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PostSubject: Re: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime10/27/2010, 7:15 pm

Thanks, good stuff! Yes I did hear about the jumping which is why I quickly covered the top, just about every inch. half inch or so gaps here and there, but that's it.

I was reading that someone had them with other fish, and the other fish would disappear. They were being eaten. The leoporinus also always wanted to hide in a cave, so he eventually moved it into its own tank with a cave and that's where it stayed.
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110gal. Eclectochromis Lobochilus Hertae
56gal. Neolamprologus Brichardi

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PostSubject: Re: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime10/27/2010, 7:29 pm

I kept a few years ago in a peaceful S.American tank.
They did well with my severums. They use to get fin rot
and cloudy eyes, but for the most part they stayed very
healthy and "VERY" active (as far as swimming around on
the bottom).
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Shaysfishys
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PostSubject: Re: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime10/27/2010, 7:49 pm

Did have one get stuck in a decoration once (was crazy made a emergency run to Albany to the closest fish person I knew for help LOL), that is something to make sure they can fit thru. They did hang out on occassion in the swim thru rock work but for the most part were out swimming around.

They will eat dead/dying fish, JME

Why I said "pack hunters", had 7 in my group all adults and when one of the Labeos would spit they were right there waiting.

Nittys right on the cloudy eye they will be the first to let you know if you water is off, nitrates high and such
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intensitti
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I have 3 in my 100g with 2 8 inch pacu, upside down cat, silver tipped sharks, and a couple of gouramis. No fin nipping going on. they are active and will eat anything including fresh veggies.
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Location : Keller, Texas
Favorite Fish: : All Central American Cichlids, Umbie, Red Festae, Red Tail Catfish, Tigrinus Catfish, Tiger Shovel Nose Catfish, Clown Knives, All Large Pikes, Haplochromis and Large Growing Mbuna.

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PostSubject: Re: Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus?   Any experience with Leoporinus Fasciatus? Icon_minitime1/20/2011, 12:22 pm

Great fish, own three 12inch plus and they hold their own with fish far more aggressive. The largest most dominant one can be aggressive at times. He will go head to head with my male jag. I have kept them with africans as well and they fit right in.
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