Aquarium fish are becoming popular pets. They may vary in size, color and habits.
All this makes them interesting objects for observation. Fiery barb is simple in content, livable with other inhabitants of the aquarium, easily reproduces.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists.
Coloring fiery barbs is always beautiful, but especially during spawning.
In nature, barbs are found in Asia, Europe and Africa. In the wild, their size reaches 15 cm.
In the aquarium, it grows not so large – the maximum length is 8 cm. For easy maneuvering in the water, the tail is bifurcated into two blades.
The body of the fish is torpedo-shaped, compressed from the sides.
The color of males has distinctive features:
- scales golden-red, during spawning, acquires a rich color;
- copper-red fins;
- the tops of the fins are black.
The females are silver-green. They are larger and fuller, especially noticeable during the spawning period.
The fins of females are more transparent.
Breeders brought two decorative forms:
- fire veil barb – fins of this species are veil, which gives it a special beauty;
- fiery neon barbus has a rich color.
Fire barbs (barbus conchonius) are distinguished by their peace-loving and high mobility. These are schooling fishes, therefore it is better to keep them in small companies of six individuals.
For a comfortable living family of fish (7−8 individuals) will need a rectangular aquarium. Its volume should not be less than 80 liters, the temperature should be maintained at + 22 ° C.
Representatives of this species feel well in cool water, in summer conditions they easily tolerate small increases in temperature.
For the maintenance of fire barbs you will need a filter. It not only purifies water, but also creates a good current.
In them, the fish love to swim. Every week it is important to replace part of the water. The level of acidity – 7.
In the aquarium plants are planted, put snags. There should be enough space for swimming.
The soil is better to choose sandy, suitable pebbles and medium size.
Despite the lack of aggressiveness, fire barbus compatibility is low. Due to the high level of activity, fish can injure other inhabitants of the aquarium.
Therefore, it is better to keep the flock in a separate container. If this is not possible, then neighbors can be:
Golden Barbus is an omnivorous fish, but for a full existence, they need a varied diet. When malnutrition pets reduce activity. Food is given in small portions three times a day.
Fish should eat food in 10 minutes. In the absence of snails and catfish in the aquarium, the remains are removed immediately.
Live food – living organisms that are used to feed predatory fish contained in captivity.
Suitable feed types:
- ice cream;
- dry flakes;
- lettuce leaves;
- grated vegetables (pumpkin, cucumber);
- ground nettle (pre-scalded).
All types of feed need to constantly alternate and change. As a delicacy, it is permissible to give dandelion leaves (scalded), but not more than 1 time per week.
Fiery barbs for breeding are ready in 8 months. Beautiful and large males and females are selected for him. The breeding process itself does not require special conditions.
Before spawning, the couple is deposited in separate containers and give them a large amount of live food. Water should be two degrees warmer. – It stimulates the breeding process.
A net is placed at the bottom of the tank, as adults can eat caviar.
During spawning the female gives up to 600 eggs, the male will fertilize them. After that, a couple is better to sit out. Fry are hickered in two days, and they will swim in 3-4 days.
They feed them with “living dust”, ciliates and Artemia. As they grow, they are transferred to larger food, plant food is gradually added.
Sexual maturity of small fish comes in 6-8 months.
Many beginners mistakenly believe that the barbs can not hurt anything. However, incorrect content can lead to a number of problems. Gill rot is an infectious disease that causes fungus.
Its symptoms include the loss of reaction to stimuli, loss of appetite.
Sick fish often takes upside down position. Treatment is effective only in the early stages.
Temperature fluctuations and low oxygen levels lead to dropsy. It is manifested by lethargy and protrusion of scales.
There is no treatment, sick individuals are disposed of, water in the aquarium is disinfected.
Errors in feeding lead to obesity. Its symptoms are apathy, fullness, and decreased motor activity.
To solve the problem, the barbs are kept on a starvation diet for 3 days, after which they begin to feed properly.
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