Banded Headstander (Laemolyta taeniata)

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Banded Headstander

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Banded Headstander

Laemolyta taeniata

208 Litres (55 US G.)

22.9-25.4cm (9-10 ")




6.0 - 7.2

23.3-27.8°C (74 -82 °F)

6-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Banded Headstander, Striped Headstander

Additional scientific names

Anostomus taeniata, Anostomus taeniatus, Schizodon taeniatus


It is difficult to visually sex this fish. Mature females may appear more plump than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A large fish that does well in groups of at least 6 of its own kind. It can be kept with similar-sized robust yet relatively peaceful fish such as larger Pleco species and Cichlids such as Uaru or Festivums.


An omnivorous fish that will accept both meaty foods like bloodworm as well as vegetable based foods, prefers a more vegetarian diet.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a large and well filtered tank. Prefers a sandy substrate with driftwood décor and some rocks, to imitate their natural biotope which would be predominantly flooded South American forests. They will eat soft-leaved plants. They also require a secure lid as they are good jumpers.


A generally peaceful and loosely-shoaling fish.


A large growing torpedo-shaped fish with colouration similar to that of the Siamese Algae Eater, although Striped Headstanders have a forward pointing mouth, unlike the underslung mouth of an algae-grazing SAE.


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