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Relationship fish sticky with shark and description of the parasite

In the open ocean inhabited by many different sea creatures, the existence of which sometimes can not guess. One of these inhabitants is sticking fish.

Maybe someone heard this name, but, unfortunately, not everyone knows where it came from, and what that fish looks like.

Sucker fish sticking is on her back.

The sticks belong to the family of ray-finned perciformes. Usually the creature reaches a length of 30-40 centimeters, but individual specimens can grow up to one meter. A peculiarity of such a fish is the front fin in the form of a sucker, located on the head, the shape of the body and the ability to quickly change its color.

You can meet the sticking of various shades: from brown to blue. But if a fish is threatened with any danger, it can easily change its color in order to mislead a predator.

The narrow long body, flattened on both sides, also allows you to quickly and quietly hide from the pursuer. But although nature has rewarded the sticky with quickness, dexterity and other useful qualities, the fish do not like to move independently.

Her favorite means of transportation are stingrays, sharks, turtles and other marine organisms. It is attached to them with the help of its sucker and moves along with its “master” at any distance.

Sticking likes to travel on the back or even on the gills of sharks.

There are seven varieties of stickings all over the world:

  • ordinary striped;
  • white opera;
  • long
  • remora;
  • southern (remiley, whale sticking);
  • short;
  • marlin.

On the territory of Russia there are only two types: shark repair and common stuck. The most popular and most common is the remore shark.

The fish received such a name due to their love for these predators.

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There are some species that feel great without using suckers, and live freely in the warm upper layers of the seas on their own. But mostly she sticks trying to find a “master” with whom she hasn’t been separated all her life.

In this case, the fish forgets how to exist independently.

Just such creatures and can be attributed to the Remora, which can not even live without a close relationship with a mammal. Such a life necessary connection has been proven by scientists through a simple experiment. The stick was removed from the body of the shark and left alone so that it could not contact with mammals.

As a result, after a short period of time, the fish began to experience a lack of oxygen, and then completely died. It turned out that the fish stuck and the shark needed each other.

The remora attached to the body of the predator, without any problems, drives the air away with the help of its gills, but apart from it, it practically fails. Entire flocks of sticking can exist on the body of sharks, and the latter does not cause any inconvenience.

On the contrary, removers rid sharks and whales of parasites by feeding on them.

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There are stick fish that can be kept in simple aquariums at home. These species include catfish stuck (antsistrus), in the people the fish is called just a sucker.

Outwardly stuck looks not like her sea brothers. The creature has a round-shaped suction mouth with which it is attached to the glass of the aquarium, eating plaque and microalgae.

Domestic catfish appeared on the territory of Russia in the seventies and in 10 years already gained great popularity among the population. There are several types of catfish sticking:

  • Golden albino. Such fish sticky have a light golden color, but it often happens that catfish turns pale and becomes an albino. This variety is especially popular among lovers of the exotic.
  • Red catfish. Originally from Germany, was bred in artificial ponds. May be reddish or orange.
  • Ancistrus Claro. In Russia, the fish stuck was imported from Brazil. The fish with large white spots has a dark gray to black color.
  • Catfish star. The species is originally from the Amazon. It has the same color as Claro, only white specks turn brown with time.

Due to the fact that catfish is a great cleaner, it can be found in almost every house where there is an aquarium. Moreover, with good care, the fish on average live up to 8 years.

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Keeping a catfish at home is not as difficult as it may seem, since the creature is not too picky. It is only necessary to create some conditions:

  • The tank should be selected taking into account the fact that for one fish you need 50 liters of water, and for a couple, respectively, 100 liters.
  • You can not keep two males in one aquarium, as they can be injured by attacking each other. It is better if they are individuals of opposite sexes or two females.
  • The optimum temperature for sticking is considered from +17 ⁰ C to +30 ⁰ C.
  • Every week should be changed ¼ of the water in the aquarium.
  • Even in spite of the fact that Ancistrus perfectly cleans its home, there should be a water filter in the tank.
  • Since the fish is nocturnal, for it should build a shelter in which it will hide in the daytime.

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It is necessary to feed adults only once a day. In this case, as food fit the usual feed, purchased in special stores.

But the main ration of the sucker is plant food, so you can use scalded lettuce, cucumbers, pumpkin, cabbage, and more.

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