Marbled / Abramites Headstander (Abramites hypselonotus)


A unique, larger growing characin found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Marbled or Abramites Headstander is an active schooling fish that makes for an impressive display in a medium to large aquarium. These relatives to the more common Spotted Headstanders are a fast swimming fish that are usually found in areas of fast to moderate current with lots of cover in the form of driftwood or overhanging vegetation. In the aquarium, they will do best in groups of 5 or more (smaller groups will be prone to nipping at each other) and when kept with other similarly sized, fast moving fish. They make an ideal dither fish for medium to large South American Cichlids and have the added benefit of grazing on nuisance hair algae on rocks or decor.



Marbled / Abramites Headstander (Abramites hypselonotus)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Amazonas
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods. They will also graze on hair algae.
Adult Size: 6″+
Recommended Tank Size: 55+ gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful toward larger tankmates, can be territorial with each other unless kept in groups of 5+. May nip fins on slower moving tankmates.

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