There are two virtually identical Leporinus with black body bands: this species and L. fasciatus (Black-banded Leporinus). Many-banded Leporinus has nine bands, while L. fasciatus has ten. Many-banded Leporinus also has somewhat more rounded tips to the caudal fin, and L. fasciatus has an orange/reddish tinge along its throat. In many books, these two fish are regarded as subspecies of L. fasciatus.
- Leporinus fasciatus affinis
- South America. L affinis found down to the Paraguay River; L. fasciatus Rio de la Plata.
- L. affinis around 9 3/4in (25cm); L fasciatus up to 12in (30cm).
- Generally peaceful toward other species; may scrap with members of their own species but not over- aggressive.
- Predominantly vegetable based, but will also take livefoods and some commercial formulations.
- Spacious, well covered, and with bogwood, noncalcareous rocks, and either tough, unpalatable, or artificial plants. Power filtration to create a current also advisable. Medium-hard, slightly acid to slightly alkaline water, preferably tannin-stained, suits these fish well. Temperature range: 72-82F (22-28 C).
- No documented reports currently available.