Abramites hypselonotus

Common Names: High-Backed Headstander
Marbled Headstander
Synonyms: Abramites microcephalus
Abramites ternetzi
Leporinus nigripinnis
Leporinus solarii
Family: Anostomidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; Amazon, Paraguay, and Orinoco River basins
Main Ecosystem: Stream
Temperament: Aggressive; This species can be kept in groups when young, but it will become gradually more solitary and aggressive towards conspecifics with age. It can be rather belligerent and nippy towards other species as well.
Diet: Ominvore; Will accept livefoods, flakes, as well as other commercial formulations, although a vegetable component is essential and must make up the majority of its diet.
Care: Care is relatively straightforward; Abramites hypselonotus is a hardy species and is best kept in a South American setup with plenty of hiding places, and it can include tankmates such as medium-sized cichlids. Also, keep the tank well-covered, as this species has a tendency to jump.
6 - 7.6
23°C - 27°C
73°F - 81°F
13 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 14cm (5.5")
Female: 14cm (5.5")
Water Region: Middle
Activity: Diurnal
Gender: It is hard to distinguish sex from external features.
Breeding: Breeding in aquaria has not yet been accomplished.
Comments: Abramites hypselonotus, being predominantly vegetarian, can be very distructive towards delicate or succulent plants, so if this species is being kept in a planted tank, use only tough, hardy plants, such as Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus).
Main Colours: Black, Gold, Silver
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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