Headstander, High-backed Headstander Abramites hypselonotus | PicturesSynonyms: Leporinus
hypselonotus Physical description: An elongated, tall fish which has an arched back when adult. This fish has large eyes
and a small head with a pointed snout. The body coloration is beige to light brown and marked with seven to nine
dark stripes. The forehead is yellow and so is the adipose fin. The dorsal and pelvic fins are striped and the
other fins are transparent.
Size/Length: To 5.5" (14 cm)
Similar species: None
South America; widespread throughout the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers.
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: 32" (80 cm) or 30 gallons (114 L).
As for other species of the Anostominae
family. Water chemistry: pH 6-7.5 (6.8), 2-18 dH (8), 72-82°F (22-28°C)
Social behavior: The young are peaceful and can be combined in nearly any community tank.
do not usually tolerate others of their species.
Suggested companions: See general Headstander description.
FOOD: Algae; vegetable; spinach, lettuce; fruits; vegetable flake food; plants; live; worms,
crustaceans, aquatic insects, insect larvae.
Breeding techniques: Unknown
Breeding potential: 10.
Breeding is not difficult.
Remarks: This species swims in head pointing downwards position, grazing algae off rocks and
searching for fallen food. This fish may jump when frightened.
Difficulty of care: 4.
A hardy community fish.