Jewel Spotted Anostomid (Hypomasticus megalepis)

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A stunning and extremely rare Anostomid found throughout Guyana, Suriname and possibly Northeastern Brazil, the Jewel Spotted Anostomid or Hypomasticus megalepis is a medium sized, peaceful characin. Like most of their relatives, they are a loosely schooling fish but show little aggression towards conspecifics and unlike many of the more well-known species of Leporinus or Anostomus, they do not have a tendency to nip fins. This species has a relatively small, somewhat delicate mouth for their size and prefers smaller food items like sinking granules or frozen bloodworms.



Jewel Spotted Anostomid (Hypomasticus megalepis)

Origin: Wild Suriname
Locale: Coppename River
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 6.5″+
Recommended Tank Size: 50+ gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful toward most tankmates, can be territorial with each other unless kept in groups of 3+

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