This species is superficially similar to A. anostomus (Striped Anostomus), but it is somewhat smaller, slimmer, and less colorful, particularly in the red dorsal and caudal fin coloration. Its major advantages for mixed aquaria are its smaller size and peaceful nature.
Other common name
- Ternetz’s Headstander
- Orinoco basin (Venezuela); Xingu and Araguaia Rivers (Brazil).
- Sometimes reported up to 7in (18cm), i.e. same size as A. anostomus, but usually at least 3/4in (2cm) smaller.
- More peaceful toward its own species than A. anostomus.
- A range of commercial foods, as well as livefoods, accepted; vegetable component important.
- Roomy, well planted, well covered, with adequate bogwood and other shelters, including vertical hiding places, and with good aeration and filtration (power filtration recommended to create water current). Soft, slightly acid water preferred. Temperature range: 72-82 F (22 28 C).
- No reports of aquarium breeding currently available.