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Botsiya modesta: how to keep in a decorative aquarium

Hello dear readers! Botsia modesta is common in the Mekong, Mae-Klong and Chao-Paya rivers, whose basins are located in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

This battle is colored gray, which varies depending on the condition of the fish and becomes with a greenish or bluish tinge. The back is dark, and there is a black spot near the base of the tail.

The tail, anal fin and dorsal are painted in reduced yellow shades, and all others are transparent in appearance. Juveniles have about 10 transversely dark brown strips on their bodies. Just below the eyes there is a pair of spikes, which are released by the fish during self-defense or irritation.

If the fish has pricked you, it is definitely unpleasant, but it will not bring you any harm. Differences of males from females are clearly visible during spawning. In aquarium conditions, this fight lives up to 12 years, which is quite a few.

In nature, fish grows to 25 centimeters, and in large aquariums rarely more than 15-17 centimeters. Modest is actively growing in the first two years of life, and after that you can see how the growth slows down significantly.

This fight is the bottom fish that becomes most active at night. Other fish with the same peace-loving character will be suitable as neighbors for these hydrobionts. Although the fight of a modets is sometimes aggressive towards members of its own species, it is not aggressive with respect to the other inhabitants of the aquarium.

Among the representatives of this type of fighting, the hierarchy in the pack is very noticeable, when the stronger male chases the weak individuals. For this reason, it is very important to create in the aquarium a large number of shelters in the form of thickets of plants and decorative elements (snags, stones, pots). Strangely enough, but the fights between the fish are quite serious and are accompanied by a strong click.

It happens that a modest fight can sit in a shelter for a couple of days, and only then appear again before our eyes.

Due to the large size of the modest, for its normal maintenance it is recommended to choose an aqua of 200 liters or more. Consider, but bots are considered schooling fish, so it is advisable to buy them in a pack of 6 pieces. The larger the flock, the more fun the behavior of the fish inside the pack. The water in the aquarium should have the following hydrochemical composition:

  • aquarium water hardness: 12 degrees;
  • active reaction environment: 6.5-7.5 pH;
  • minimum of nitrates;
  • aeration and filtration of the aquarium is required;
  • water temperature 24-27 degrees.

Since bots are great lovers to rest at the bottom of the water, they highly recommend organizing a large number of shelters in the bank. A dense planting of long-stemmed plants (cabomba, bacopa, golholistnikik, elodey, ambulia) is welcomed. Just do not forget to firmly secure the grass roots with stones so that they do not surface.

Small pebbles are recommended as a substrate, since your pets will not be able to stir with their whiskers. You can also use floating plants (pistes, Riccia), since they will create an additional shadow, because the fight modedes is not a fan of bright color.

As a feed, modest is given live and frozen food, and in particular: bloodworm, pipe sweeper and cortex. For a variety of feed, you can sometimes give a good dry food in the form of granules and chips. Do not forget to feed your bots with vegetable food in the form of spinach, lettuce leaves and cucumbers.

Thus you protect your plants from eating during the hungry period. Also bots like to eat snails.

In aquarium conditions, the fight modedes multiplies only with the help of hormonal injections, which stimulate the fish to spawn. In nature, boating spawning begins in the rainy season in the tropics.

Before spawning, the fish migrate to rapid rivers, swimming upstream all the time. As soon as spawning ends, the fish return home.

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