maintenance, care, compatibility
Labo – aquarium fish: compatibility, breeding, maintenance and care
In adults, the dominant and belligerent character appears. This is especially true of males.
These aquarium fish are distinguished by a strict hierarchy – the strongest male allows himself to swim into foreign territories, while not allowing anyone to his.
Labo – fish, which compatibility with other inhabitants of the aquarium must be considered in order to avoid conflicts. They are not recommended to settle with fish that have a similar color, and with large cichlids.
They prefer to meet with their relatives only during spawning, and they cannot live in the same territory all the time.
However, if your aquarium is spacious enough, non-predatory and non-aggressive fish can become ideal neighbors for labeos – fighting, sklyaria, tetra, barbus, danios, gourami. Unlike Labo, they prefer the upper and middle layers of water, so they rarely intersect with their neighbors.
In addition, these fish – fast and small, labo they often simply can not catch up.
Labo – a wonderful fish, which is suitable for an experienced aquarist, and for the novice lover of the underwater kingdom. It is interesting to watch her, she does not require very complex care and, under proper conditions of detention, will long delight with her beautiful appearance and interesting behavior.
Labo – a fish with a slim, elongated and slightly flattened laterally torso. The profile of the back is curved more significantly than the abdomen.
One of the features of this species are large fins, which resemble sharks in their shape.
Horny villi and pair of antennae are clearly visible near the mouth. Labo has lips, resembling a suction scraper, which help to collect from the bottom, from stones, drifts, algae plant and animal fouling.
Active and mobile creation – Labo. The fish, as a rule, occupies a certain territory, which it bravely protects.
It should be noted that the labo aggressive is not to everyone, but only to fish with a bright color and their relatives. It is for this reason that it is important to choose the aquarium of the required size, to equip it, to zone it in order to prevent fights of aggressive relatives.
To date, well studied twenty species of these cute fish. In the aquarium, you can contain only some of them:
- a two-colored labo is a fish with a magnificent color: a velvety completely black body and a luxurious red tail;
- green (labo Thai) – this fish has a dark-brown, green body and red fins;
- albino – reddish-brown fins stand out against the white body;
- Congolese – leopard, spotted color;
- silver – the whole body of the fish is colored like silverfish;
- harlequin (multicolored) – at a young age, the body of this variety is labo colored beige-brown with spots and orange-red patches on the fins, with time the color changes to gray.
Sometimes they are called labo bicolor. These are inhabitants of small rivers, streams and lakes of Thailand.
In Europe, this species appeared in 1952, and was introduced to Russia in 1959. The two-colored labo has a slender, slightly elongated body with a curved back and flattened sides.
Her head is small, and her eyes are red and disproportionately large.
The mouth is surrounded by two pairs of whiskers and horny hairs. It is located at the bottom and looks like a scraper-sucker.
The fish is famous for its spectacular color – it seems that its body is covered with black velvet. The dorsal fin is black, high and sharp.
The pectoral fins, as well as the anal and ventral, are well developed, but not colored – they are transparent.
The main decoration of these fish are red tails. These fins are rather long, bifurcated at the end, of fiery red color. Females of two-colored labo are much larger than males, but slightly paler in color.
Under natural conditions, they grow up to thirty centimeters in length, and aquarium labo rarely exceed fifteen.
We have already said that these inhabitants of the aquarium need their own territory, for which no one will claim. On this basis, it is necessary to choose a capacity of at least 100 liters per one “tenant”.
A small volume can fit only one pet, for example, labo bicolor.
Owners of the aquarium should definitely consider the decor of the home. Labeo needed shelter places. For this, stones, caves, grottoes, snags, pots or their fragments, other decorative elements can be used.
You should know that the labo can jump out of the aquarium, so it must be covered.
Another important point – Labo are very fond of lush vegetation. It should be with powerful roots. Algae are necessary for these fish, not only as an additional feed, but also as an excellent natural shelter.
They will also help the owner to divide the reservoir into separate zones where single fish will feel quite comfortable.
Food labo is not very demanding. They are happy to consume live food.
This is a bloodworm, daphnia, a pipe worker. Do not refuse vegetable food and special dry feed.
If you want to diversify the diet of your pets, scald the lettuce leaves and give them small pieces, use frozen spinach, zucchini pieces and cucumber, oatmeal.
These fish, according to the owners, are very happy when a sheet of glass overgrown with algae appears in their house. They are happy to eat them. Feed labo recommended twice a day.
With good care, proper feeding, this type of fish lives up to 12 years.
Labeo two-tone or bicolor – large and pugnacious
Labeo bicolor or bicolor (Latin Epalzeorhynchos bicolor) is a popular carp fish.
Unusual color, the shape of the body resembling a shark, interesting behavior, all this made Labo bicolor a very common fish. However, each barrel of honey has its own fly in the ointment. It has a two-color … What?
Let’s tell about it further.
This is where the problems that we talked about at the beginning of the article begin. Despite the fact that the two-color labo is widespread and is often sold as a fish suitable for a common aquarium – this is not so … This does not mean that it should be kept one, but the fact that it is necessary to select neighbors with care is certain.
While he is small, he will avoid conflicts, but sexually mature becomes aggressive and territorial, especially to fish of similar color. Labeo chases other fish and many get very much.
It is worth noting that in many respects it still depends on the nature of a particular individual and the size of the aquarium, some quite live peacefully in common aquariums, and others arrange terror in them.
What kind of fish should be avoided? First of all, you can not keep a couple of labo, even if there is a lot of space, they will fight when they meet. You can not keep similar in color or shape of the body, they even attacked the Sword.
Fish living on the bottom will also suffer, as the labo eats mainly in the bottom layers. Ancistrus more or less live because of its solid armor, and small and defenseless speckled catfish will have a hard time.
And who will get along with labo? Character and carp, fast and small fish. For example: Sumatran and mossy barbs, congo, ternii, fiery barbus, danio rerio and danios Malabar.
All these fish have too much speed to be able to catch them, and they live in the upper and middle layers.
Apparently in nature, Labo lives alone, meeting with relatives only during spawning. His character only deteriorates over time, and it is highly recommended not to keep even a pair of fish in one aquarium.
In most cases, it is better to keep one.
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