One of the most unusual aquarium fish is called calamoihta. This amazing underwater inhabitant arrived in Russia from West Africa and immediately fell in love with lovers of exotic pets. Externally, the fish resembles a snake, although it has nothing to do with reptiles.
Aquarists were able to appreciate not only the unusual appearance of the Kalamoihta, but also the simplicity of its maintenance, care and breeding.
Kalamoiht – exotic snake-like fish or eels, whose habitat is West Africa
The scientific name of the aquatic snake fish is Calamoichthys Calabarius. Despite this, due to the external features of the underwater inhabitant is often called a rope or a rope.
Kalamoucht Kalabarsky belongs to the class of ray-finned, order multi-feather-shaped and family of multi-feather fish.
It is a pleasure to watch the movements of a serpentine fish, because by nature the swimming of this representative of the chordates resembles something of mythical water dragons.
In its natural environment, the “aquarium snake” lives in the waters of West Africa, hiding in the thickets, therefore another name for the kalamohty is reed fish.
Being in an aquarium, the serpentine underwater inhabitant prefers secluded places where it rolls up into a ring and calms down.
Exotic fish has a calm character, mobility and comely appearance. Someone may frighten the similarity of the kalamoihta with a snake, but the good temper has long made them the favorite inhabitants of home aquariums.
Kalamoiht belongs to the class of ray-finned, like most species of fish known today
Other distinctive features of these ray-fin are:
- serpentine body, reaching a length of 30−40 cm (in the natural environment grows up to 90 cm);
- rhombic (cosmoanoid) scales;
- triangular head;
- the presence of small growths on the face, performing the function of additional organs of touch;
- lack of pelvic fins;
- miniature pectoral fins, located behind the head and having a yellowish tint;
- olive, yellow, brown scales;
- small eyes;
- dorsal fin divided into rays (the female may have from 9 to 12, the male from 12 to 14);
- spines (from 5 to 18 pieces), located at the caudal fin.
Kalamoicht fish has an excellent sense of smell, but cannot boast of excellent vision, therefore, moving around the aquarium, the serpentine underwater inhabitant relies more on the organs of touch.
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When kept in an aquarium, the kalamoiht will not require unbelievable conditions from its owner. Ease of care and cultivation – This is one of the main advantages of this fish.
This is an unpretentious aquarium inhabitant who loves to hide in thick algae and rocks.
A container with a capacity of 100 liters is suitable for this, the bottom of which will be covered with dense vegetation, where a careful inhabitant of water depths can hide, feeling comfortable and confident. Fish in the form of a snake will appeal to various aquarium shelters – locks, broken pots, hollow logs, and shells. Maintenance and care of Kalamuht Kalabar:
- The temperature of the water varies between 22 ° C and 29 ° C.
- PH from 5.5 to 8.
- Water hardness from 5 to 15.
- Properly organized filtration, because the snake-like fish can not tolerate dirty water.
- The presence of any lighting, as Kalamoht likes to bask in artificial light sources.
Kalamoihtu need clean, oxygenated water, a sufficient amount of light and always a tightly closed aquarium
Separately worth taking care of aeration, the presence of which is not necessary provided that only the fish of this species lives in the aquarium or its neighbors are labyrinth aquatic inhabitants. If the neighborhood is represented by other small fish, then it may be necessary for them to aerate, as the fish-eater is able to independently swallow air, occasionally swimming up to the surface of the water.
Another important point in the maintenance of the Kalabari Kalabar is a tight-fitting aquarium.
Despite his calm temper, this ray-beetle is prone to escaping, if you leave the slightest gap, the aquarium snake will simply run away and die, since it is unable to live for a long time without water.
The snake fish is distinguished by its peace-loving, non-aggressive nature, and therefore often becomes the victim of more bloodthirsty relatives. Because of this, any aquarist who wants to acquire such an exotic pet should follow a few rules of the neighborhood of Kalamoichta.
You should not settle kalamoihta with large fish and cichlid fish, these fish can take it as food
The first is that you shouldn’t fish fish in one aquarium with large cichlids, which can be mistaken for a big worm. Secondly, the neighbors of this fish must be of such body size so that the calamoihta could not fit in the mouth, otherwise they would become its permanent prey, therefore it is highly undesirable to place an exotic serpentine fish with barbs, neons, guppies in one container.
The third rule is that you cannot plant two males together if there is a female in the aquarium, because only the strongest will survive.
But the neighborhood in the form of corridors, fighting-clowns, scalar, voilehvostov will be quite a good decision.
Snake fish is a bright representative of freshwater predators. The mouth of kalamoihta is filled with sharp teeth, and the mouth itself is not intended for small meals, therefore the diet of this fish should consist of a large meal.