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Leporinus arcus - Lipstick LeporinusMagyarul / Hungarian
Leporinus arcus - Lipstick LeporinusLeporinus arcus - Lipstick Leporinus
  • Scientific name: Leporinus arcus
  • Synonyms: -
  • Common name: Lipstick Leporinus
  • Group: Characins
  • Habitat: South America; Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French-Guyana.
  • Size: 30-40 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in clear-water rivers.
  • Social behavior: They develop a social hierarchy, and equally sized fish will fight much harder with each other. Once the hierarchy is established the fish live in relative harmony together. Ideal tankmates for larger South American Cichlids.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; Feeding on algae and invertebrates in nature. They are unfussy eaters in the aquarium and will accept dried foods too.
  • Breeding: Unsuccessful in aquarium.
  • Tank: Minimum 600 litres
  • Population: 5-6 fish for 600 litres
  • Decoration: Sufficient swimming space is more important than decoration in the aquarium. Use a sandy substrate with some leaf litter that will color the water. Decorate the tank with some large driftwood branches and twisted roots. They are excellent jumpers, so a tight fitting cover is essential.
  • Temperature: 20-28 °C
  • pH: 6-7.5
  • Hardness: 2-12 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: Multiple dark longitudinal stripes present on its body, and the stripe along the lateral line is the widest and most intense. Larger species are often captured as food fish during upstream spawning migrations.

There are no reports of their successful aquarium breeding.

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