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Lyalius fish – care, maintenance and breeding in the aquarium

Greetings, friends! The aquarium fish lilyillus got to Europe from faraway India.

They are most common in two regions: Bengal and Assam. But, if you try, then these fish can be found in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

They live in muddy ponds and in rice fields flooded with water.

Lyalius belongs to the family of labyrinth fish – like marble and pearl gourami. This suggests that the fish breathes air.

Under natural conditions, male lalius do not grow more than 6 centimeters, and females even less. Lyalius are considered to be beautiful aquarium fish. The body of the fish slightly resembles an ellipse.

It looks interesting long fins. The modified ventral fins serve as a kind of hands, with which he literally probes the soil, stones and snags.

Changes in the fins are caused by the life of a small fish in muddy water.

The natural color of the fish is considered a series of red and blue stripes across the body, but there are breeding forms that have a different color. The most common and beautiful variation is red lilius. However, this option is quite expensive and hard to breed.

It is a pity that this fish does not live long in the aquarium – a maximum of 3 years.

I want to note a positive moment in the content of liliusovs – they are not picky about the volume of akvas, a 15-liter aquarium will be quite enough for a pair of fish. Like the cockerels, the males of Lyalius are hostile to each other. If you have a desire to buy Liliusov stuff like 6, then you will need a bank for more.

The point is to avoid frequent clashes between males, it is desirable that there was a larger aquarium. Thus, they themselves will choose the territory and will protect it.

In addition, do not forget to create artificial shelters in an aquarium and carry out a dense landing of aquarium plants. As a result, all existing males in the aquarium fraternally will share all the shelters and will guard them.

All clashes that arise do not bear any negative consequences for the combatants themselves.

As practice has shown, lyalius gets on well with many small fish of similar size. However, it is better to have floating plants in the aquarium, which are used by males as nests and shelters. Bright lighting is recommended for these fish, as in nature they are accustomed to intense and bright light.

The water temperature is needed 24-28 degrees Celsius. Other parameters of water – pH and hardness do not play a role.

You can find out more about these things here.

Ice, dry and live food can be used as feed. The size of the feed itself plays an important role – if the food is large, the fish can choke on it. There are no special and specific diseases for lalius, they mostly suffer from similar filth like other fish.

However, lyalius is considered a tender fish and is still sick more often than other representatives of aquatic organisms. To enhance immunity, keep these fish in normal conditions and feed a variety of food. After the purchase, it is imperative to place the fish in quarantine for several weeks.

This is done in order not to bring into the aquarium any sore. I have already written about the quarantine of aquarium fish and I will not dwell on this topic today.

Sex differences in these fish are not pronounced. Males are larger, brighter and fins are elongated more than females. Breeding these fish is not difficult, you can easily do it even in the general aquarium, but the fry will not be tenants in it.

It is better to set aside a couple of lalius in averaged liters of 15-20 liters and leave a small water level in it. In the tank, increase the temperature from the general aquarium by several degrees.

That you will make some stimulation to spawn.

Use fresh distilled water. In the spawning should be placed floating plants (azole, pistis, Riccia,). The male lalyusa, like the male goramok, builds a nest of bubbles inside the thickets of floating grass. The spawning procedure is similar to other labyrinth fish.

After spawning, the mother should be removed from the aquarium, and the folder should be left with the young. After a couple of days, when the larvae turn into fry, the males are removed. In the first case, youngsters are fed live dust, and if there are problems with it, then infusoria or special food for fry.

After a couple of weeks you can try to give the feed larger. When reaching 6 months of age, liliusy become sexually mature.

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