Hello dear readers! Today we will talk about the battle clown. Botsiya clown is a very active and gregarious fish. therefore, it would be best to keep it in small flocks: 6 pieces maximum.
These striped fish perfectly get along with other types of aquarium fish, as they are very peaceful and calm. Other residents of the aquarium worry about the neighborhood with such large fish are not worth it, since they do not hurt anyone.
The clown fight has one interesting feature: they may lie for some time on their backs or sides, as if they were dead. But do not worry, during the rest is for them a normal state. In addition, clowns may make strange clicking sounds in the evening.
There are spikes on the fins of the fighters, which they release like a knife, but due to the fact that the fish are very territorial, they cannot damage their neighbors. However, when catching botsy in the net, they can become entangled in it or prick the hand of a careless aquarist.
The clown has very thin scales that literally has grown into the body. This is in some way a problem, as the skin of a fish practically does not protect it from toxic substances dissolved in aquarium water.
For this reason, it is better to add separated water during the substitution and try not to add various drugs to the aquarium that are designed to affect the scales of the fish.
- Sizes of fish: about 15 centimeters
- Water temperature: 24-30 degrees Celsius
- Hardness of water: 5-10 units
- Acidity: 6-8 pH
Botsiya clown prefers spacious and large aquariums, in which there are enough places for free swimming. Dim lighting is best for these fish, but not so much that aquarium plants will suffer from a lack of light.
If you plan to keep a clown in an aquarium, try to create in it several shelters of bark or stones. Aquarium plants are better to choose stronger and harder, as the fish can damage them.
With a similar problem you may encounter while keeping Sumatran barbs.
For a clown fight, you need to pick up a soft aquarium soil that is not capable of damaging the fish, because they are terrible lovers of digging around in the ground getting their food. If you picked up the wrong ground for the aquarium, then the fight may accidentally get hurt about it. It is interesting to watch the battles when they lie down on the snag, so do not deny them the pleasure.
Feeding problems should not arise, as they are omnivorous and can eat the food that you give to the rest of the fish. Sometimes give them the same artemia, bloodworms and tubers.
In order to successfully breed a clown at home, try to get a big spawning game. Aquarium water in a spawning aquarium should have the following parameters: hardness of the order of 15 units, the pH level of 6.5-7.5 and water temperature of 24-26 degrees Celsius.
Put in a spawn a good filter for high-quality cleaning. In order for the fighting to multiply successfully, the spawning pool must have old water with a slight substitution for fresh water (1 / 5-1 / 6 of the total volume), water hardness must be around 6 units, the pH level around 7, and the temperature will have to be raised to 32 degrees Celsius.
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An important and most important condition for spawning is a strong current, which can be created thanks to a device called “spinner”. As a rule, to create such a device, it is necessary to take an electric motor with a gearbox. Install 4 blades on the motor shaft, and the entire device must be closed with plexiglas, a meadow of wire mesh or vinyl plastic.
To successfully work with such a device, you will have to slightly modernize the spawning aquarium (cover the corners of the aquarium with plexiglass sheets so that the flow does not jam in the dead zones).
Do not use airlifts or mechanical pumps in any case, as bots eggs, as well as caviar of hirinoheylus and labo, are carried over from one section of the aquarium to another. For the role of the spawning substrate, snags or smooth stones that you will need to install on the site of the fastest current will serve perfectly. The quality and intensity of spawning of a clown depends on the strength of the current.
During spawning, 4 males and one female are placed in the spawn. If you are going to do hormonal injections, then carry out their fractional method.
Upon completion of spawning, manufacturers of eggs from the aquarium with a spinner are deposited, the device itself must be turned off and additional sprayers installed. If the water temperature is acceptable (about 30 degrees), then after a couple of hours you can already see the eggs. Fertilized roe will be transparent, but not fertilized white.
If there is one, it must be quickly removed from the aquarium. The incubation period of eggs is 18-20 hours.
Hatching fishes will be so tiny that they are difficult to see and they will hide in the darkest corners of the aquarium. After four days, the fry will begin to eat.
Euglena green, the smallest rotifers and nauplii of cyclops will be suitable as forage for small things.
The most critical time for the young is considered the first month. During this period, carefully monitor the food and the condition of the aquarium water in the aquarium.
At the expiration of the month of the young, the clown’s fights will be about 15 millimeters long and gradually take on the color of their parents.