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Bag-breeding catfish: a predator with a penchant for travel

Aquarium fish, like the entire animal world, can lead different lifestyles, belong to different classes, have their own habits and preferences.

Contrary to popular belief about the good looks and harmlessness of aquarium inhabitants, among them there are representatives who do not possess either a soft character or unlimited positive. However, they have many adherents, especially among avid aquarists. The maintenance of such fish is a matter of honor for them, an opportunity to prove to themselves that man is the master of nature.

Among such specimens, the sacred-bag catfish occupies an honorable place – a peculiar and coarse fish with a special character and hidden lifestyle.

According to the modern classification, this fish belongs to the family of clavreas. In nature, she prefers to dwell in reservoirs of not the first freshness, with stagnant water, perhaps slightly brackish.

Preferring to the near-bottom way of life, he likes to examine snags and stones, try everything with his mustache receptors, of which there are already four pairs of catfish.

Having an elongated body, flattened from the sides, and a flat head with deep-set yellowish eyes, when swimming, makes sharp bending movements, resembling a snake or an eel.

One of the distinguishing features is the presence of poisonous spines, which are veiled in the pectoral and dorsal fins. At the base of these fins are special bags, which produce a toxic liquid.

If it is damaged or irritated inside the fin feathers, the liquid moves along thin channels to the edge of the fin and pours out into the affected skin area of ​​a potential enemy.

It should be noted that the bites are painful and heal for a long time.

Thus, a bag-hauling catfish is a poisonous and dangerous creature that can adequately respond to its offenders or those whom it takes for them.

The similarity with the snake is complemented by dark colors (mostly brown or almost black), however, there are exceptions. This bag-sack albino catfish is a creature of a light color, sometimes with slight specks.

Bag-tabernacle is a rather large fish: in nature its length can reach up to a meter, in an aquarium it rarely exceeds 50 cm.

Bag-beaver Albino catfish

The interest in this catfish does not end there. Like everything unusual, it has a certain secret – the ability for some time to live outside the water, crawl from reservoir to reservoir, search for prey in oozy coastal areas. The fact is that along the entire body, on both sides, the catfish has long bags – skin outgrowths.

These bags are filled with water, which is used during its shortage. Fish owes its name to this particular structure.

Soma skin is able to secrete a large amount of slippery secrets, due to which the body slips on dry land and does not dry out.

It will not be a surprise for anyone to know that such a catfish eats food of animal origin, without disdaining other fish of smaller sizes and their young.

Leading a nocturnal lifestyle, he watches his victim from an ambush and eats everything that can fit in it.

Does not refuse and dry artificial feeds. Will appreciate the chopped worms, meat or fish stuffing, chopped shrimp. Eats a lot and often, from which it grows.

The larger the aquarium where such a resident lives, the larger the individual grows.

Plants will not, although their presence in the aquarium is necessary. In them, he hunts or hides from the bright light.

Considering the individual characteristics of such an unusual fish, the question involuntarily begs itself: “Is the bag-haul catfish the content and characteristics of life?”. And here is an unexpected joy.

Such fish do not require special conditions for a normal life. They are limited to:

  1. water temperature in the aquarium in the range of 20-25o
  2. acidity index 6-8,
  3. stiffness – 5-30.

These average parameters should be maintained by replacing water at least once every two weeks and purifying it, since large fish have a certain amount of waste products.

However, one feature still exists. The aquarium must be covered with a lid or glass, since a catfish, with its ability to live without water and a curious character, may decide to travel in search of a different aquarium.

Why overcome the obstacle in the form of walls.

The nature of emptiness does not tolerate. Therefore, taking into account the bottom character of the life of the bag-hauling catfish, large cautious fish can successfully live in the upper layers of its aquatic house, not too aggressive and without bad habits to attack their neighbors or bite off their tails.

Suitable cichlids or carp, as well as large haratsinovye. But the aquarium should be large and spacious so that all residents do not feel left off. Illumination is better equipped on the principle of zoning.

Given that catfish prefers dusk, and the inhabitants of the upper layers – at least daylight, artificial light should be directed and limited.

Usually lovers are rarely advised to maintain such distinctive fish. But, if, after all, some aquarist manages to make friends with him, this is a great success.

And when this happened, positive emotions are assured.

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