Spotted Headstander (Chilodus Punctatus)

Spotted Headstander – Chilodus Punctatus (Updated Guide)

Spotted Headstander (Chilodus Punctatus)

Spotted Headstander (Chilodus Punctatus)

Quick Stats:

  1. Origin: Most of the northern half of S. America.
  2. Size: 7-8cm
  3. Temperature: 20-28°C

Normally, when you see a fish floating head down in the water, it is not a good sign.

But in the case of the Spotted Headstander and its near relatives, it means that they are content and behaving normally.

The head-down position is adopted for all of their activities, the even swim at a 45° angle.

Tank Requirements

The Spotted Headstander is one of the smallest of the headstanders available and a group of them can easily be kept in a community tank that is 90cm long.

Tank mates

Just be careful when choosing companions for them. They do not like overly active or aggressive fish. And do not trust them with fish that have long, flowing fins because they will nip them. They may even nip at each other, but this behavior is natural and there will not be any damage provided that they are given enogh cover or decorations that break their line of sight.

This is one of those fish that do not look their best in display tanks, but once you get them home in a tank where they can behave naturally, their color really improves.

Care level:

This fish is easy to raise, but do not add it to a newly established tank as they are sensitive to fluctuating ammonia and water quality.


Any sinking food; live, frozen or prepared. You should include some vegetable matter in its diet (otherwise it may nibble your plants)


The tank should have a substrate of sand or fine gravel. Stones, driftwood, and plants can be added for decoration and to provide cover. Floating plants are useful to have because they prevent the fish from leaping out of the tank when startled. A cover on the aquarium will also prevent that. Headstanders prefer some water movement in their aquarium.


A pair will scatter eggs among floating plants. The parents and eggs should be separated if you want to raise the fry.

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