Aquarium Connection Home Page Aquarium Connection Twitter Feed Aquarium Connection YouTube Videos Aquarium Connection Facebook Fan Page Aquarium Connection Login Page Aquarium Connectio About Us Page Aquarium Connection Customer Service Page /how_to_ord.php Aquarium Connection Aquarium Store Page Aquarium Connection Pond Store Website Aquarium Connection My Favorites Page Aquarium Connection Home Page Aquarium Connection Join & Save Auquarum Connection Checkout/Cart Page
December 15, 2017
Product Search
Advanced Search
Search Tips
Manufacturers
Search Pond Only
Browse by Category
Accessories
Air Pumps
Air Stones & Diffusers
Air Tubing
Air Valves
Algae Control
Aquariums & Kits*
Books
Breeding Equipment
Cabinets & Stands
Canister Filter
Canister Filter
Ceramics Decorations
Check Valves
Cleaning Supplies
CO2 Accessories
CO2 Diffusers
CO2 Glassware
CO2 Kit / Refill
CO2 Regulators
Controllers & Monitors
Cooling Fans
Coral Propagation
Dechlorinators
Decorations*
Feeders & Dosers
Filter Media
Filter Media*
Filters*
Food
Foods
Foods, Frozen
Glass Feeder Planter
Glass Feeders
Glass Inflow/Outflow
Glass Shrimp
Glass Siphon Box
Gravel & Substrates
Heating & Cooling
Hydrometers
Lighting*
Medications
Nets & Netting
Oxygen Reactor
Ozonizers
pH/gH/kH Products
Plant & Shrimp Substrates
Plant Care
Planted Scissors / Tweezers
Planted Scissors /Tweezers
Plumbing*
Pond Fountain Heads
Pond Liners
Pond Statuary
Pond Water Conditioners
Posters
Predator & Pest Deterrent
Protein Skimmers
Pumps
Reactors
Reef Nutrition
Reef Nutrition, Live
Reptile & Amphibian
Salt
Shrimp Nutrients
Stream Pumps & Powerheads
Supplements & Additives*
Surface Skimmers
Tap Water Purification
Test Kits
Thermometers
Titanium Heaters
Traps
UV Rep. Lamps
UV Sterilizers
Wavemakers
Replacement Parts
Miscellaneous Products
 
Browse hundreds of news articles, product reviews and how-to information.
Checkerboard Cichlid, An Under Appreciated Dwarf Cichlid
Pearl Gourami, a Community Aquarium Gem
Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)
Payne's Catfish, not a synodontis.
The Dwarf Gourami, a showpiece for the smaller aquarium
Mees' Pimelodid, a tiny pictus cat alternative.
Butterfly Barb ('Barbus' hulstaerti)
Dwarf Emerald Rasbora (Celestichthys erythromicron)
Phoenix Rasbora (Boraras merah)
Flagtail Characin (Semaprochilodus taeniurus)
Honeycomb Catfish (Centromochlus perugiae)
Odessa Barb (Pethia padamya)
Bucephalandra
Lotus (Nelumbo lutea, Nelumbo nucifera)
more . . .
Keyword Search
Title Spotted Headstander (Chilodus punctatus)
Author

Sara Waller

Last Updated

2017-03-08

Abstract

A brief description of the spotted headstander.


Image result for Chilodus punctatus

The spotted headstander is a small fish found in Lake Amuku, the upper Essequibo River system, Guyana, and is currently considered to range throughout much of the Amazon system in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil plus the western Orinoco in Colombia, the Apeú drainage in Pará state, eastern Brazil and various coastal river systems of Guyana and Suriname. It primarily inhabits slow moving rivers, tributaries, oxbows and floodplain lakes.  These fish grow to an adult length of about 2.7 to 3.1  inches long.  Spotted headstanders have a pointed snout, diamond-shaped green and brown body with brown spots.  Adult males develop a slightly more extended dorsal fin than females, while sexually mature females tend to have an overall rounder shape than males.

The spotted headstander should be kept in an aquarium of 30 gallons or larger as it should be kept in groups of at least 3 or 4.  A biotope style aquarium could consist of a sandy substrate (CS6631) with driftwood roots and branches, leaf litter (CS706) and floating plants.  Submerged plants may also be used and although it may browse algae and biofilm from the surface, this species should not consume leaves or soft shoots.  

The spotted headstander prefers a water temperature of 68° to 82°F, a pH range of 5.0 to 7.5, and soft to moderately hard water of 1 to 10°H.  

The spotted headstander is an omnivore feeding primarily on insects, insect larvae, terrestrial fruits, and algae.  In the aquarium, spotted headstanders are generally adaptable and will accept most good quality prepared foods as well as live or frozen blood worms, daphnia, brine shrimp, and black worms, but should be offered a varied diet ideally including some greenery in the form of fresh algae, fruit, vegetables or a dried product containing a high proportion of Spirulina, such as CS Pro flakes or sticks (AL166).  It may be beneficial to soak live or frozen foods in a food supplement such as Vita Chem (BE2450) to enhance the nutritional profile of the food and ensure good health.  An appetite stimulant such as Hyper Garlic (SIC542) may also be beneficial.

  

Spotted headstanders are relatively shy and peaceful and do not appreciate the presence of boisterous or fast moving fish.  Good tankmates include many tetras, smaller loricariid catfish, Corydoras catfish, and peaceful cichlids such as keyhole cichlids or rams.  Spotted headstanders can be maintained in a group, and although some squabbling is inevitable physical damage is rare as long as sufficient cover is provided.

Products related to this article
Super Natural Tahitian Moon Black 20lb Premium Aquarium Substrate
CS6631
Jungle Leaf Indian Almond Leaf
CS706
CS Pro Small Sinking Sticks Calanus & Spirulina Food 4oz
AL166
HyperGarlic & Vitamin C 6oz amber Spray Bottle
SIC542

Show other
Related Products
Log In | About Us | Customer Service | How To Order
Aquarium Store | Pond Store | My Favorites | Join & Save | Shopping Cart

© 2014 Aquarium Connection. All rights reserved.