Gastromison (Gastromisonum) from the Balitoria family (Balitor In fact, the pectoral and abdominal fins are a wide sucker, thanks to which the fish can adhere with its whole body to any smooth surface.
photo: Som gastromizon (Gastromisonum) from different angles
Balitorium has an interesting coloring that makes fish invisible to birds. In gastromizones, the color of the body is variable: from black to light brown, the body has spots of yellow color of different sizes.
If the fish is very frightened, its color becomes very light, almost indistinguishable, and in case of strong aggression a black stripe appears along the entire length of the spine, the fins also darken. Splayed tail and raised fin back – this is a warning or a threat.
Males have a brighter color, they are smaller and slimmer, fish grow up to 10 centimeters. The habitats of this family are water bodies of China, Borneo, Laos, Vietnam.
photo: Gastromizon (Gastromisonum) – fish with a variable color
These fish love clean water, the temperature of which should not exceed 25 degrees. Often, beyforties and gastromises are confused because they have a similar appearance.
In the aquarium should be a good aeration, a small flow. Due to the special structure of the body, fish are not adapted for existence in the water column, they rapidly move across the surface.
They do not like to lie on the ground, so flat big stones or very fine sand should be present in the aquarium.
photo: Gastromizon (Gastromisonum) loves to relax on flat stones
The volume of the aquarium – 50-60 liters for 4-5 individuals. These fish are quite peaceful, so that all peaceful individuals can be neighbors.
In captivity, representatives of this species do not breed. It is worth remembering that gastromizones do not have scales on the abdomen and head, they are very sensitive to drugs, so you need to carefully select drugs in case of deterioration in the health of the inhabitants of the aquarium. Gastromizones feed on single-celled algae, small animal organisms.
Choose feed for bottom fish, do not feed gastromiseson often with live feed, sometimes you can offer grated cucumbers and zucchini.
photo: Gastromison (Gastromisonum) do not breed in captivity