Leporinus arcus

7. February 2011

Currently we were able to organize one of the rare imports from Guyana and so we have the beautiful Leporinus arcus originating from there in stock again. The genus Leporinus contains almost 100 species and is thus pretty big. Nevertheless only very few species could establish themselves as aquarium inhabitants. Most of them become quite large, are quarrelsome and eat any plant they can find. Most species are simply too dull in coloration to keep them despite this nasty behaviour.

Leporinus arcus also becomes quite large. Maximum length reported is around 40 cm. However, in the wild most of them will never grow bigger than 15-20 cm and besides this they are very pretty. Leporinus arcus are ideal tankmates for larger South American Cichlids or to bring some colours in a tank with predatory fish. Likewise other Leporinus they develop a social hierarchy. So it is much better to buy animals of different size, because equally sized animals will fight much harder with each other. Once the hierarchy is established the fish live in relative harmony together.

For our customers: the species has code 265802 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Leporinus: Latin, means “hare-nose”. arcus: Latin, means “bow” and “rainbow”; it is not explained what Eigenmann meant by giving this name in the original description, but most probably the name applies on the lower longitudinal stripe: (“… another (band) curving from the eye downward and back to the lower edge of the caudal”)

Suggestion of a common name: Lipstick Leporinus

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Guyana
Verfügbare Größe in cm 5-7