Paraclophin fish is not famous for its bright colors and attractive colors. The only coloring element that attracts the aquarist’s eye is the golden stripe running from head to tail and the bright ruby “lantern” near the anal fin.
Petsiclobrikon has a spindle-shaped, chiseled body, which it constantly holds at an angle of 50-60 degrees with respect to the surface. Sometimes it may seem that he is standing in the water, relying on the wide part of his caudal fin. The fish moves around the aquarium without jerking, as a rule, it uses mainly its pectoral fins.
If you look closely at the work of the fins, you get the feeling that this is not a fish in front of you, but a fly hovering in the air on a warm July evening. A similar mode of operation and the dorsal fin.
If you scare the fish, it can move to the side with lightning speed or make two jerks in a row. If you start catching the petsylobrikona with a butterfly net, it will start swimming like a normal fish, and it immediately becomes clear that this style of swimming is clearly not for him.
The habitual style of behavior of the pitsilobrikona does not prevent him from jumping properly, which the fish gladly use, if such an opportunity presents itself. If the aquarium is not covered by a cover glass or cover, the hydrobiont can jump out of the aquarium in fright.
I would also like to warn about the presence of a gap between the cover glass and the aquarium, because the fish can precisely jump out of the tank. Before the jump, the pitsilobrikon bends the body in the form of a question mark.
There are cases when males arrange wars among themselves, but such fights do not cause damage to the opposing side. The attacking fish begins to ram its opponent in the side, and the enemy easily dodges the blow and rambles the opponent himself.
Fishes make several similar throws, and after that the satisfied ones diverge.
It is quite funny to watch the male petsiblobrikon when he starts caring for the female. The male swims up close to the female and touches her nose with his own. The female from such courtship dodges, and the male takes a horizontal position and begins to spin in front of the lady.
For unexplained reasons, mature and ready-to-spawn couples refuse to multiply, but when they change their partner, fish spawn without any problems without any delays. A banal reason comes to mind: the partners do not match each other. Experienced fish farmers recommend keeping strong pairs of petsylobrikon, since they will spawn again.
This feature is characteristic of cichlids, which also form pairs.
Despite the fact that the fish has a small mouth, it can eat quite a variety of food. All because of the long narrow jaws that allow you to cope with the larvae of flies and mosquitoes. As a rule, petsitobrikony pick up food from all levels of water.
If feed in the water column is not found, it can easily sink to the bottom. From the bottom, the hydrobiont picks up only the food that is clearly visible.
Adult individuals with other fish live peacefully, on the contrary, because of their slowness, they often receive from other inhabitants of the aquarium. But the youngsters often behaves very badly – the fry of the petsylobrikon can easily kill the fry of other aquarium fish to death.
Especially often this is observed when petsylobrikony grew in a hotel aquarium, and then neighbors got hooked to them. At first, nothing foreshadows trouble, the small fry of the patsiblobricon just swims up in his manner to the victim, which does not even imply a threat.
But after this should be quite hard poke.
Spawning in the mature and ready to spawn petsylobrikona proceeds the next day after landing in the spawning ground. This is usually the first half of the day.
There are cases when spawning is delayed until the end of daylight hours, and there have been cases when it was delayed for a day. Water parameters in spawning should be as follows:
- Total hardness – 4;
- Carbonate hardness – 1;
- The active reaction environment – 6.2-6.8 pH;
- Water temperature is 27-28 degrees.
Spawning occurs on the lower part of broadleaf aquarium plants (cryptocorynes, echinodorus), and it does not matter what position the leaf you like occupies. The female of the patsiblobricon chooses the leaf they like, slowly swims up to it, turns its belly up and sticks up to 6 eggs to the leaf, then the male swims in the same pose to the calf and fertilizes it with milt. If the leaf of the plant is located sideways, then spawning proceeds “on its side”.
After spawning, the fish swim away from the plant, make themselves some rest and go into battle again.
An adult two-year-old female can postpone up to 100 eggs during one spawning, but the standard value is about 40-60 pieces. There are cases when the number of eggs does not exceed a dozen. In some cases, spawning can last several hours.
If you hurry and transplant the fish into a common jar before spawning, they will spawn in the general aquarium. Some part of the roe will settle to the bottom immediately, the rest part a little later.
Very often, the petsilobrikon is accused of cannibalism. However, this view is wrong. In the aquarium practice, there were a lot of cases when an adult pair of producers remained in the spawning room with foreign offspring and they did not eat the larvae.
But, with all this, it is better to plant the spawned fish back into the aquarium, where they were kept until spawning, as they simply have nothing to do in the spawning ground.
Larvae hatching occurs 24 – 30 hours after spawning. After hatching, the larvae can lie for about two days at the bottom of the aquarium. The larvae react negatively to light, so it is better to shade the aquarium with some dark cloth.
After three days, the fry appear a longitudinal black stripe along the entire body. From the ground, the larvae will move to the leaves of plants and the walls of the aquarium and hang on them motionless.
After 6-7 days after spawning, the fry begins to fill the swim bladder and the young begin to swim little by little in the aquarium. And here the aquarist is waiting for a surprise right away, as the young growth from the first migrations starts to swim in the same way as the parents. When the fry begin to swim in the aquarium, the shading is removed, the lighting is made muffled, and a pair of floating bushes, javan moss, riccia or fern should be placed in the aquarium.
This will make the fry feel safe.
The first few days the fry need to be given ciliates, rotifers and nauplii of cyclops. With the growth of young stock, the size of feed particles can be increased.
If you feed the fry with saline water rotifers or Nauplii Artemia, the water level in the spawning should be no more than 10 centimeters. The fact is that the youngsters keep near the surface of the water, and the food will gradually settle to the bottom of the aquarium, especially the rotifers.
In addition, this technique will quickly teach the fry to collect under-fed food from the bottom of the reservoir. Be careful, as the young caetibricone for the first days is ready to eat without a break.
If the adults are trying to swim under the slope, the fry tend to swim in an upright position. In this case, the fish bends the tail with a hook and moves around the aquarium due to some pectoral fins. At about one month of age, one more fish appears above the black longitudinal stripe – golden.
From this point on, the young need to be transplanted into a large container, because the further stay in a close pond will only harm the fish.
As shown by the practice of breeding these fish, the fry of patsiblobricon is quite viable. In addition, they are champions among other characteristic for the growth rate.
The first sexual signs can be seen on the whitened tips of the ventral fins in the males and the increase in the belly in the females.
As for the already spawned pairs … It would be better if you have already formed couples to plant again for spawning in the same composition. If the chemical composition of the water is suitable and the feeding is balanced, in the female spawned for spawning after 10 days, the belly will be filled with eggs.
All this time, the fish can be together in a common bank.