The striped Anostomus (anostomus anostomus), originates from many countries including Brazil and Columbia ad is sometimes called the Striped Headstander.
The Striped anostomus lives in rivers and streams as well as flooded forest areas. Adults can grow to 18cm in length and they are egg scaterers. They are not commonly bred in the home aquarium and will eat flake, frozen and live foods. This fish is plant friendly and is a community fish.
This fish is sometimes called the headstander because it picks food off the bottom of the tank at an angle making in appear to stand on its head. These are tough fish and can be kept with most other types of tropical fish. They can even be more troublesome than cichlids which makes them tough and able to look after them selves.
The striped anostomus should not be kept with delicate fish as it can nip at their fins. This is a herbivore fish by nature so feed it some and will appreciate the appropriate flake food. This fish prefers soft and acidic to hard and alkaline water an prefers a temperature between 24-28 degrees centigrade. PH should range between 6-7.
The striped anostomus lives in generally sandy areas with dead leaves on the bottom. The dead leaves provide plant matter and invertebrate life to nibble on.