Labeo bicolor bicolor belongs to the carp family, the natural habitat of this fish is Africa and southeast Asia. Representatives of this species prefer shallow, clean reservoirs, densely overgrown with plants.
These are mobile fishes in which territoriality is inherent, with age they show aggression, attack other relatives.
photo: Two-color Labe
The body of the fish is long, slightly flattened on the sides, with a strongly arched back. Near the mouth you can see the horny villi, there are 2 pairs of antennae.
The fins are labo large, the caudal fin is two-bladed, painted in bright red, the other fins have a velvety black coloring. Under natural conditions, the labo grows up to 20 centimeters, but in an aquarium its dimensions are more modest – 10-12 centimeters.
The color of the males is brighter than that of the females, and there is an albino form of labo – it has red eyes and fins.
These are mobile fish, which are characterized by territoriality, mostly they are kept in the lower and middle layers of the water, can become aggressive and attack small fish. A spacious aquarium with thickets of plants and a large number of shelters – from stones, caves, curtains, and crevices – is suitable for keeping labo. Water temperature is 24-26 degrees, hardness – up to 20 units, pH 6-7.5.
Feed is recommended vegetable or live food, as well as artificial substitutes.
photo: Two-color Labe prefers the bottom layer of water
Natural spawning of two-color labo is a rare phenomenon, hormonal injections are used. The water temperature in the spawning farm is 28 degrees, 2 males and a female are planted to spawn (the female’s abdomen is round and convex), a week before the spawning, the producers are seated and fed abundantly. Hormonal preparations are injected into the back muscles, after which they wait 3-4 hours and send fish to the spawning tank.
The female can sweep up to 1000 eggs, after which the producers are removed, the unfertilized eggs are harvested, and the rest are transferred to the incubator. The incubation period lasts up to a day, after 2-4 days the fry begin to swim and eat.
Sexual maturity of fish reaches 1-1.5 years.
photo: Two-color labo – pretty aggressive fish