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Title Glass Headstander (Charax gibbosus)

Sara Waller

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A brief description of the glass headstander.

The glass headstander is a medium sized fish native to South America in the Essequibo River basin, Guyana and coastal rivers of Suriname.  It inhabits areas of little water flow.

.The glass headstander grows to an adult size of 5.6 inches long.  Little is known about differences between males and females, although females may be deeper bodied.

The glass headstander should be maintained in an aquarium of 30 gallons or larger.  It will thrive in a heavily planted set-up comprised of a soft substrate (CS7538), slow water movement, dim lighting, roots, branches and leaf litter (CS706). 

In the aquarium, the glass headstander prefers a temperature of 75°F to 80°F, a pH of 6.0 to 7.5, and a hardness of 1 to 25°H. Clean water with low nitrate levels are a must.

The glass headstander is a somewhat peaceful fish and suitable for a larger community aquarium.  Avoid fish small enough to be swallowed or passive enough to be bullied.  Possible tank mates include giant danios, keyhole cichlids, larger tetras, and small to medium sized catfish.

Wild glass headstanders are most likely omnivores or predators feeding on small fish, insects, worms, crustaceans, and other zooplankton.  They should be fed a varied diet that includes small meaty foods such as live black worms, frozen blood worms (SF4792), frozen brine shrimp (SF6777), high quality flakes (AL165), and pellets containing at least some algae or plant matter.  These fish will look their best and be healthier overall when given probiotics (AL169) and garlic in addition to a balanced diet.

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