maintenance, care, compatibility
For the 5-centimeter fish fit well decorated tank. You want the fish to have a full life?
Then take into account the fact that the optimal aquarium for a rooster is made in production. Many companies offer aquariums for betta fish of a round, rectangular, even square shape.
They immediately installed a lamp, lamp, decor, filter. Another thing – cockerels do not need constant lighting, so the lamp does not need to keep it on all the time.
Light like algae, and why do you need extra trouble with cleaning?
Try to buy a simple 20-50-liter rectangular tank with filter and lamp. Scenery, soil, shelters can be installed independently, if you know how to handle them properly. Before settling the fish, wash the glass in a tank under running water and process with baking soda, rinsing it 4 times.
From this it follows that the best house for the cockerel fish is a classic rectangular one, where there is everything to recreate the natural biotope.
Cockerels are small aquarium fish; in captivity, their body length reaches 4-6 cm, males are a centimeter more than females. In Betta splendens (common cock), the body color is green-olive, with dark spots or stripes. The fish mimic the environment, so the color of scales may vary.
During spawning and aggression, the body becomes bright, at rest it is faded. In the wild cockerel, the fins are short and round.
Now there are many breeding forms of these fish, which differ in color scales and fins.
As a representative of the contract. Labyrinth fish, the cockerel is a double-breathing fish, can breathe like gills, and there is atmospheric air. It captures air into the labyrinth channel, where it dissolves. This is a big plus, because in aquarium with cockerels aeration is not necessary, in this case it is much easier to care for a pet in an aquarium.
They can be kept in “Spartan” conditions, although this is undesirable. Caring for them will not cause any trouble even to a novice in aquarism.
If the aquarium water temperature, acidity, purity are maintained at a normal level, the pet will live longer.
Watch the video story about the cockerel fish.
Cockerel content is available at home, it is possible even in a 3-liter jar. For two individuals and more will need more capacity.
Like all fish, cramped – only to the detriment. Fish will be very comfortable in a rectangular and spacious aquarium.
It is not recommended to keep more than one male in the aquarium (except for the black cockerel). Between them there are often disputes that already speak – even between the female cockerels there were fights.
The result – bodily injuries, dangling fins.
If you have nowhere to settle two males – choose a large aquarium of 50-100 liters or more. You can put a partition in it, so the territory will be divided.
Also, the fish have bursts of aggression, when there is a change of water or a female appears.
They are not easy to maintain with other types of fish – some are not averse to tear off the beautiful and long fins. The males themselves can attack peaceful fish with veil fins. Good aquarium neighbors – danios, speckled catfish, cardinals.
Compatibility with barbs is controversial, it is possible if you find a fish with D-shaped, short fins. The males quickly get used to the neighbors, and the eviction of one of them can lead to stress.
The Betta splendens fish is a tropical species, so it is recommended to settle in aquariums with infused and warm water: water temperature 24-27 ° C, ph 6.0-8.0, hardness 5-35 dGH. Once a week it is necessary to replace 25% of water with fresh.
Aeration is optional.
They can be kept in a nano aquarium, in glass containers. But think carefully, will it be convenient for a small fish in a crush?
Indeed, in a limited space there is no possibility to plant the plants, install snags, decorations, shelters. To provide the fish with proper care, you need swimming space, safety and cleanliness. So you can put a filter in the aquarium so that your pet does not get sick.
Lighting is necessary, in the tank you can put an LB lamp of 0.4 W per 1 liter. At night, the light is required to turn off.
Choosing an aquarium for a cockerel fish is a fairly easy task. This individual is a labyrinth, has not one branchial respiration, but also a special organ that nourishes the body with oxygen when the air is swallowed by the mouth.
The aquarium, which is needed for a rooster, has no special size requirements. If necessary, the individual can be kept even in a regular liter jar.
But it is better, of course, to choose a vessel of a classical rectangular shape, with a volume of at least 5 liters per fish. Capacity should be purchased with a lid, so that one day not to find your pet on the floor.
All labyrinths are not picky about water quality, they do not need a variety of filters and aeration systems. To create acceptable living conditions, it is enough to purchase a heater with a thermostat and adjust the temperature within 24-28 degrees.
The thermometer is placed in a vessel in order to monitor the heat of water in the event that the heater breaks. A fighting fish can survive short-term fluctuations in temperature ranging from 18 to 36 degrees, but not more than one to three days.
Prolonged exposure to cool water will lead to diseases of the inhabitants.
Water change is recommended weekly in the amount of 40%. As the soil is better to buy river sand or gravel.
Before placing it in an aquarium, it is required to calcine it or to wash it with hot water.
Cockerel aquarium can be purchased with lighting. Lighting is necessary for living plants that are needed in the vessel to maintain biobalance.
Green plants should occupy about a third of the space in the vessel. The fish itself does not need lighting, but it gives an additional decorative effect when observing individuals.
For example, if you provide a vessel with a black, blue, green background with an underwater pattern, the colorful fish in the backlit aquarium will look just great.
Males like to swim between a variety of obstacles, so it is necessary for them to equip caches of boulders, grottoes, caves.
Petushki called fighting fish for a reason. They are territorial hot-tempered individuals, do not tolerate rivals of their type. It is better to keep one chicken in an aquarium, even cohabitation with a female will result in her being depressed.
Two males will fight each other, which may result in the death of one of the fish.
The combination of several fish together recommended in the aquarium for males with partitions. They are made from a transparent harmless composition with holes for fluid circulation.
It is better to place fluffy plants near the partitions in order to limit the visibility of the males and prevent stressful situations.
But the fighting ones get along well with some aquarium fish. They can offend congeners with fluffy tails – guppies, veils, neons, gourami.
Fluffy fins are the main cause of attack.
Observing such unpretentious conditions, it is possible to provide the rooster with comfortable living conditions and to protect pets as much as possible from diseases. In such an aquarium, the fish will feel great and will delight the owners with its beauty.
Your cockerel will live longer if initially purchased from a good seller. When you notice that the fish lives in quality conditions, moves well, eats, it has a beautiful appearance – it means that you can settle at home.
First of all, pay attention to the activity of the fish in the aquarium, the state of the scales and fins, its general physical condition.
Buy a young fish. The sooner she gets used to your tank, the more comfortable she will be there.
The youngsters adapt more quickly to new conditions of life. In young males, the fins are shorter than in the mature ones, and in the young the body size is several centimeters smaller.
Look at the young male Blue / Red Dragon Halfmoon Betta.
Estimate the volume and condition of the water in which the not yet purchased fish lives. If you notice a cloud, dirt, substrate of unknown origin, wait a little with the purchase.
Water should be clean, clear, slightly yellowish shade is allowed.
Look at the other fish that live in the same tank with the fish you like. Is it a little tight day?
How do they move, feed, their external condition? The Siamese cockerels are fighters, and a long settlement in a species aquarium will destroy them all.
If each fish lives separately, in good conditions – this is a big plus.
Do not buy two Betta splendens at once. If you lodge newcomers in a common tank, they quickly harm each other. Buy one pet, put him in a 2-week quarantine, look at his condition.
When he gets used to the new environment, you can populate it in a pre-prepared aquarium. After a few months, you can add neighbors to it, but given the nature of the character, this is a big risk.
- Set up the aquarium correctly, wait until it is established biological balance. Let it be a rectangular tank with a volume of 50-100 liters. Small, round containers will not allow the fish to move, it will be uncomfortable and boring. In the spacious reservoir there is an opportunity to create an amazing aquascape that resembles a natural biotope. Use a good filter to quickly deal with biological stress.
- Let plants and algae be in your tank. In the most convenient for cockerels tanks there is a lot of vegetation, they are provided to ensure that there is enough oxygen in the water, and it remains clean. Buy plants from trusted vendors so that they are healthy and treated for parasites.
- Maintain the temperature in the aquarium. Adjust it with a water thermometer. The cockerel is a tropical fish, which is used to warm water: the temperature is 26-29 ° C. Use 50W heaters.
See how to keep a cockerel fish.