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Chilodus punctatus

Chilodus punctatus
Spotted Headstander
The spotted headstander has subdued colors, predominantly silvery-gold, with each of the large scales carrying a dark patch so that the fish has a mottled appearance. There is a dark lenghtwise stripe, and the dorsal fin has a few dark spots. This fish has a very small mouth, and grazes on algae or small organisms. Sudden changes in waterquality or slightly fouled up water easily lead to diseases and death of the fish.
The female has more rounded body during spawning. The spotted markind disappear during spawning and are replaced by one or two larger black patches between the eyes and the dorsal. Use a large tank with sandy bottom and ocasional roots and stones with algae. Fill with clear water of a pH between 6 and 7 and a hardness of 10°KH. Peat filtration for a touch of acid is often the key to success. Feed the fish with red mosquito larvae, Cyclops and green algae. Flakes and stewed lettuce may be added. Use water temperature between 25-27°C with subdued light. Pairing occurs immediately below the surface between plants, three to five eggs 1.5 mm in size are shed. The fry headstand like their parents and will accept brine shrimp immediately after hatching. They are not difficult to raise, but the parents should be removed. Provide plenty of algae.