Classic Car Intelligence

Sartor respectus(Brown Headstander)

One of the headstanders, family Anostomidae, it shares with them a long, narrow body shape and slightly upturned snout that allows it to ferret out morsels of food from within rocks and among plants. Distinct from other headstanders is the precise shape of the mouth, which not only bends upwards but also slightly backwards, Body colour is variable but generally light or dark brown with a series of blue-black blotches along the flanks. The fins have a distinctly reddish tinge. The eyes are large and golden.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Wild fish eat algae, insect larvae, and freshwater sponges. In captivity they will eat most small foods, though things like bloodworms are particularly relished.

This species comes from the upper Rio Xingu where the water is soft, acidic, and not as warm as in the lower parts of the river. For this reason, care should be taken to prevent heat stress, and the tank should have ample water circulation and plenty of oxygen.

As with other headstanders, this species is peaceful towards dissimilar species but likely to be aggressively territorial towards other headstanders, including its own kind.

Family Group: Characins
Distribution South America: Upper Xingu River
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Around 8 cm
Water Parameters Prefers slightly soft and acidic water
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Difficult
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful

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