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Botsia chelodes – aggressive representative of the family of loaches

Hello dear friends and regular readers of my blog. Today, the hero of my article is the fight helodes, belonging to the family of loaches.

In the aquarium literature, you can find two more of its names: tiger or ribbon combat. The homeland of the tape bots are the fast rivers of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The body of the battle chelode is elongated, the back is slightly arched and the abdomen is even. The tail fin is two-bladed. The head is slightly dulled, on top of it are two large eyes, and the muzzle ends with four pairs of mustaches.

The main color of the body is yellow, there are a dozen vertical stripes between the head and the dorsal fin. From the anal fin to the chest there is a scattering of small black specks.

As long as the fish grows up, it will part with half of its motley coloring. Very often, tiger bots are confused with Syncrossus Hymenophysa. Males, unlike females, look slimmer and smaller.

During spawning, the abdomen of females is substantially filled. Under natural conditions, the battle chelodes can grow up to 22 centimeters in length, but in the aquarium this figure is much more modest.

Ribbon fighting – the same bottom aquatic species, as well as its relatives: fighting clown and modest. Almost all the time she is hiding in the shadow of various shelters. But with the advent of twilight fish becomes more active.

Except for its impressive size, the fish boasts an aggressive character. Therefore, so that none of your smaller pets go to her for food, it’s better not to contain peaceful fishes (neons, mollies, swordtails, thorns, rhodostomuses) with this fight.

The best option is to get a species aquarium, which is recommended to contain at least 5 individuals. Such a crowd will contribute to the formation of a hierarchy in the flock and the dispersion of aggressive skirmishes.

If you do not have the opportunity to get a specific aquarium with these fish, then you can select as fish the fish that are famous for their nimble temper and constantly keep to the surface. As neighbors you can share the danios.

For the maintenance of the fight chelodes will need a 1.5 meter aquarium. Shelters in it should be an order of magnitude more than the fights in the aquarium.

To create shading, it is necessary to add powerful aquarium plants (giant and spiral vallisneria, wendt cryptocoryne, usteriana, anubias nana). In addition, we don’t forget to place a large number of floating plants in the aquarium (piste, nada Guadalupe, azolla, riccia and javanese moss).

At the bottom of the need to lay such a soil that would not hurt your pets, as they spend almost all the time digging in the ground. As a substrate, you can use small pebbles, rounded gravel and coarse sand. Lighting in aquas should be moderate.

The water temperature for this fish is needed in the range of 25-30 degrees with a hardness of no more than 12 ° and a pH of no more than 7. In addition, it is necessary to provide serious filtration, because the fish prefers to live in clean water bodies rich in oxygen. Once a week it is necessary to replace about 1/3 of the volume of water for fresh.

If possible, arrange a small flow in the aquarium.

Botsia chelodes is an omnivorous hydrobiont, so it does not hesitate to have good dry food, live food and bloodworms. To diversify its diet, you can feed the fish with shrimp meat. Dusk and dawn is the perfect time to feed this species of fish.

Unfortunately, nobody is engaged in breeding bodey helodes at home, because the process of spawning has not yet been studied.

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