Tsikhlazom Meeka – the fish that immediately catches the eye. The accent of its color is considered a throat – meeku is often called the most beautiful neck of an aquarium.
Loved by aquarists, she is also in favor of unpretentious care and quick adaptation to new environmental conditions.
Tsikhlazom Meeka – fish from family Tsikhlovye. The species got its name in honor of the ichthyologist who discovered the species, Eugene Meek.
The ichthyologist found a tsikhlazoy on the island of Yucatan and in 1933 discovered the species to Europe, where the species quickly gained popularity.
Meek in its natural environment lives in rivers, canals, lakes with or without a slow current. Reservoirs are selected with sandy bottom and dense vegetation.
In captivity, the fish lives in the lower part of the aquarium, in the bottom waters.
The body is flattened and compressed from the sides, the muzzle is elongated, pointed with a sloping forehead and small mouth. The main body color is silver-metallic with a tint of different colors: bluish, greenish, yellowish.
From the eye to the middle or the end of the body, black specks, arranged in a line or in the middle of the body, are just one black spot. Special emphasis in coloring is given to the part of the body from the lower part of the mouth to the middle of the abdomen, which is usually painted in a light red color.
In males, the skin on the throat is painted very brightly.
The fins are transparent pinkish with shiny spots and lines; there is a red border on the dorsal fin.
The body length of representatives is 7–13 cm.
The life span of representatives is 10–12 years.
Care for Meek cichlids is simple, because these fish are clean and have strong immunity. Meeki requires a weekly replacement of the water and the purification of the aquarium.
When decorating an aquarium, pay attention to the stones and snags, which are particularly fond of tsikhlazomy.
Cichlids are not very small fish, so the size of the aquarium is chosen based on the size and number of inhabitants.
|1 fish||20–30 l|
|Pair of fish||50 l|
|Small flock||150–200 l|
The aquarium is equipped with a lid, because Meeki easily jump out of the water and die.
Cychlasmas are famous for their love of digging up the roots, so that only plants with strong roots and hard leaves are planted in the aquarium or artificial plants are used. To prevent damage to the roots also planted plants in pots.
These fish love to break through the ground, so the ground should not be too polluting or contain sharp particles. Well-run small pebbles or coarse sand.
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Cychlazome Meek is characterized by good health, but improper care and conditions of detention lead to diseases of even such hardy creatures.
According to the owners, tsikhlazom Meek – livable and beautiful pet, with whom there are no problems. The disadvantage is only the territoriality of the cichlids and the associated aggressiveness towards others, especially during the spawning season.
The cost of tsikhlazomy Meek depends on the size and age group.
|Size, cm||Price, rubles|
|Adult representatives, 6–10||700|
|Major representatives, 11–13||1800|
Tsikhlazom Meeka – fish, which became the decoration of the aquarium of people in the countries of Eurasia and America. It is also suitable for novice aquarists, as it easily forgives content errors.
As a result, you will get a beautiful and durable pet, which will coexist with you for another ten years.