Acantoftalmus (Pangio Acanthophthalmus myersi) – funny striped fishes from the family of loaches, which become welcome guests in any aquarium, because it is so interesting to watch them. Their habitat is India and Southeast Asia. Acantoftalmus prefers sluggishly flowing ducts with a soft bottom.
Often they live in the shade of tropical foliage or under the snags. This fish was brought to Russia in the early 70s, and successful breeding began in 1973.
There are several varieties of acantophthalmos, but their conditions of detention are very similar.
photo: varieties Acantoftalmus
In artificial medium, acantophthalmos grows up to 12 centimeters, it has a serpentine, slightly compressed body. The main background of the color is bright orange, with transverse stripes of dark brown, almost black color.
In the corners of the mouth you can see small antennae – they are distinguished by high sensitivity and greatly facilitate the fish search for food. There are sharp thorns under the eyes.
Males are inferior in size to females, in adult females you can even see greenish eggs, they have a thicker tummy.
Acantoftalmusy live in spacious aquariums with soft diffused lighting, it is worth to equip their home, adding small-leaved plants and snags as shelters. Acantophthalmos move quite quickly, although they prefer to be in the bottom layer. The water temperature in the aquarium should be 25-26 degrees, medium hardness.
It is advisable to choose a small dark ground, equip the aquarium with an aerator and a not-too-powerful filter (fish do not like a strong current). Fish feed is taken only from the bottom, the best moth and tubule are best eaten, but artificial feeds will be fine.
It is worth remembering that this fish has a small mouth, so that it simply will not be able to swallow large-sized prey.
a photo: Akantoftalmus prefers shelters and is nocturnal
As neighbors for akantoftalmusov it is better to select peaceful small fish – apistogram, rasbor, haratsin and others. Acantophthalmose live up to 4-5 years, maturity reach one year.