Red Banded Leporinus (Synaptolaemus latofasciatus)


A rare and vividly colored characin found throughout several major river systems in South America, the Red Banded Leporinus is a loose schooling species similar to the more well-known banded Leporinus (L. fasciatus). In the wild, they tend to inhabit moderate to fast moving acidic waters. With a maximum size of only 5-6″, they are a smaller and more manageable species for most aquariums than some of the larger Leporinus and Anostomus species but general care and behavior in the aquarium is similar.



Red Banded Leporinus (Synaptolaemus latofasciatus)

Origin: Wild Venezuela
Locale: Rio Ventuari
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 5″
Recommended Tank Size: 50 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful toward larger tankmates, can be territorial with each other unless kept in groups

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm