Animal Stories - Banded Leporinus

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You can guess how old the Black-Banded Leporinus is by counting its black stripes!
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kristyn - 2012-06-12
I have 2 leporinus in my tank.....after 2 months they murdered everything in my tank. 3 balas 2 silver tips 1 dinosaur fish and 2 algae eaters. These fish do not live in harmony with other fish whatsoever. They pecked out the eyes of all the other fish. Also they were both 2 inches long when I got them now one is 6 inches and the other has not grown in size at all....I cannot figure out why. Any help?

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  • Drew - 2012-09-17
    How big is the tank? They get big pretty fast! I find Lepos are best kept in tanks where they are not the most aggressive species. If the tank is 55+ they are hearty enough to hang with mild cichlids. Lepos won't pick fights with cichlids. And the cichlids leave them alone as they Lepos a territorial threat. Most cichlids live in the rocks and the lepos hang out in the mid and upper part of the tank most of the time.
Jody - 2010-12-20
I have had my Lepo for about 6 months, and in that time it has grown considerably. I caught him eating one of my neon tetras, with another one missing an eye a few weeks later. Since then, I decided to quit adding fish to the tank and everyone has seemed to live in harmony. But last night, as soon as I turned off the light off I noticed the Lepo came out from inside his statue and started literally attacking my big beautiful Angel fish over and over! I was so outraged I lifted the lid door and slammed it down to scare him off. It worked and by the time I went to bed I hadn't noticed any more attacks. But when I woke up my Angel was near death. ALL of his beautiful flowing fins were chewed off and he was more white than black because either of stress or his scales being eaten off. I pulled him out of the tank to a bucket to try to nurse him back to health but it's still touch and go.
My question is, why would the Lepo suddenly go after another large dominant fish? I've had them about the same length of time and they have never bothered each other.
My tank is a 20 gallon extra high, with 1 Gourami, 1 Angel, 1 Lepo, 1 Neon Tetra, 1 Zebra Danio, and 1 Pleco. It has been a fairly harmonized tank until now so I just can't figure out what to do. I really like the look of my Lepo but not at the expense of the other fish.
Thanks for your help!

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  • John Lackner - 2012-06-15
    I have a 55 gal tank and the same thing happened to me . Th Lepo cleaned me out . I'm going to have to see if I can sell him so that I can restart my community tank over. He is a beautiful fish and I will be sorry to let him go, but my tank is empty except for him.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-15
    They are recommended with slow swimming long finned fish like angels or gouramis
  • Drew - 2012-09-17
    Fish, like dogs and people, have noticeable attitude changes as they mature. Aggression increases and tolerance decreases. Any aquarium that isn't species specific is likely to have notable conflicts arise 2 to 3 years down the line as the fish mature. I've never kept Lepos in with community fish. Like tiger barbs, I don't really consider them a community fish. They don't have the means to be a big threat, but their attitude warrants suspicion. As long as they have a size advantage they do just fine in with other mild cichlids. I've kept them with oscars.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    That's a great response Drew, really gets to the heart of the issue and helps to understand what the animals need to be healthy pets.
danchou - 2010-11-11
I sell all my fish...they're:
2 leporinus
1 frontosa
2 borneo suckerfish
1 albino algaeeater
4 clown loach
1 yoyo loach
2 kuhli loach
and many more..
just $.35 (include the tank)

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  • Ilyas - 2010-12-05
    I'm interested :) Where are you from?
  • Amit Furtado - 2011-02-16
    How to collect and how will you deliver?
  • Cj Carolyn Hitt - 2012-04-25
    u still selling i will buy
cathy - 2012-03-30
I have had two wonderful leporinus! Unfortunately my first one jumped out of a bucket during a water change but I had him about 6 years. His character was just WONDERFUL. He was basically the 'peacekeeper' in my tank. I had him in a mixed mbuna cichlid tank. My next leporinus has basically the same personality. If he thinks any cichlids are starting to fight, he basically gets in the middle and 'breaks up' the disturbance. My rating: 5 stars!!

Ryan - 2010-09-16
My Leporinus is perfectly behaved! All he does is hide his log all day and comes out when he is hungry. He eats algae wafers and has nibbled on my plants a few times. The only thing he has ever nipped were my two snails. He is 6 inches long and 5 years old and lives with 3 angelfish, 4 balloon mollies, 2 bolivian rams, a black ghost knife, two cory catfish, and soon with two amazon puffers. He is the most elusive fish! He is like the dragon of my thank and we all stop what we are doing to watch him when he comes out! He is a joy!

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  • Rob - 2011-01-30
    I had two leporinus (Tank and Trudy) who recently died in a power outage. They were my son's favorite fish and he misses them terribly. These fish had huge personalities and got along surprisingly well with Angel fish and tetras. The key is to keep the fish unstressed. Stressed leporinus nip and might pick on other fish. My Leporinus initially picked on some cory cats but that behavior ended as he/she became more accustomed to the aquarium. Before sending a badly behaved leporinus back to the pet store I would perform water changes and add more live plants and hiding spaces.

    I will surely find new young leporinus to add to the aquarium.
Dee - 2010-05-06
I have one lepo about 8 inches long in my tank and I introduced a small school of new fish, 3 of the neons were gone by morning, and 2 of my frogs died and it looks like their feet had been chewed or bitten. Also one of my larger neons is missing his back tail as of last night. I'm taking this lepo to the fish store, he is mean!

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  • Claire - 2010-07-08
    I have one lepo now about 7" long he was only maybe an inch when we got him and as he's grown since we've has him he has wiped out my tank....he's eaten the neons, Gouramis, tiger barbs, plecos, rosy barbs, red belly pacu, red eye tetra and so forth. Even 2 blue crawfish.
Tony - 2010-07-06
I have one lepo right now, and he is with 5 other african cichlids. The lepo grows very fast, and pretty much killed both of my cory fish. My lepo is very sneaking, and likes to digs up rocks and create holes. He eats sprinula, algae wafers, and brine shrimp. The lepo will not go to the top of the tank to get any food what so ever.

jay - 2010-03-14
My lepo loves eating snails and worms. I always put algae wafers in there for my plecos but he never eats them.... he is over a year old and I love him.

teri - 2009-07-13
I have found this fish to be highly agressive. We have had ours over 4 years, he now lives in his tank alone. He started out in a tank with tiger barbs, after killing all but 1 of the tiger barbs we moved him to a tank with African cichlids, he has killed 3 African cichlids.

Evan - 2009-03-13
I posted 5 months ago when I first got my 2 leos back in October 2008 and now I am posting again- I bought both my Banded Leporinus when they were very young, they were 1 and 2 inches