Strawberry Leporinus (Leporinus Granti)
The Strawberry Leporinus is a visually stunning freshwater fish with a cylindrical body and striking reddish-orange coloration. They are a unique and lesser-known species within the Leporinus family.
The Strawberry Leporinus is an active and curious fish that has a relatively peaceful temperament that can grow up to 8 inches in captivity.
If a few Strawberry Leporinus are kept, then they tend to be quarrelsome with each other. They are best kept in groups of 6 or more or just 1 in a peaceful medium to large fish community to minimize aggression. The Strawberry Leporinus is best kept with larger, peaceful tank mates, as they can be semi-aggressive and may prey on smaller fish. Reophilic species, which are adapted to fast-flowing waters, make suitable companions for the Strawberry Leporinus due to their shared preference for similar water flow and environmental conditions.
Strawberry Leporinus are large and fast-swimming, but relatively peaceful fish, and make excellent tankmate for larger characids (e.g., Silver Dollars), loricariids (e.g., Bristlenose Plecos), doradids (e.g., Thorny Catfish), and peaceful cichlids (e.g., Severum or Blue Acara). When choosing tank mates, consider their size, temperament, and water parameter preferences to ensure a harmonious and healthy community aquarium.
Strawberry Leporinus feed on algae, plant matter, small invertebrates, and high-quality pellets or sinking algae wafers. Fish foods containing high levels of protein are best avoided.
The Strawberry Leporinus are strong swimmers that appreciate moderately fast currents, so a long tank with ample swimming space can help to offset aggression in these fish. A substrate of sand or fine gravel, combined with driftwood, large smooth rocks, and sturdy plants, provides hiding spots and establishes territorial boundaries. These fish prefer swimming in the middle to bottom levels of the tank. They also graze on algae and plant matter when available.
Strawberry Leporinus requires a spacious aquarium of at least 75 gallons, with the ideal community aquarium size being 100 gallons or more. The ideal water parameters for Strawberry Leporinus are a pH of 6.0-7.5, hardness of 5-20 dGH, and a temperature of 74-79°F (23-26°C).
These fish should be introduced to biologically mature aquariums only.
A well-fitting cover is essential as Strawberry Leporinus species are prodigious jumpers.
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