Striped Anostomus

Striped Anostomus

By Gary Bolton

Family: Anostomidae

Species: Anostomus anostomus

Size: 18cm (7 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: All

Habitat: Streams and rivers of the Orinoco and Amazon river systems in Guyana and Surinam

Remarks: This handsome, hardy species appreciates underwater roots and stout-leaved plants among which it can feed in its characteristic head-down position. it needs some green food and lots of space. This fish hardly ever rests.

Comments: The torpedo-shaped body of this species is yellow-gold with three broad, jagged-edged, dark bands running the length of the body. The flattened head carries a long, tapered snout and an acutely upturned mouth with a protruding lower jaw. The dorsal fin contains a red blotch, and the caudal fin has two bright red patches by the caudal peduncle.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

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