Hello, friends! In Lake Tanganyika lives today a huge number of fish that are in demand among aquarists around the world.
This lake is considered to be a unique water body, as it is quite rare and beautiful fish. Without exaggeration, I want to note that the trophy is one of the symbols of Lake Tanganyika.
This trophy is the first fish that came from Africa to the freshwater aquarium. In this amazing corner of the globe, there are over three hundred species of fish, among which a large proportion is occupied by cichlids – about 200 species.
It trophyus is often present in the exhibition aquariums. It is this fish that decorates all sorts of advertising posters around the world.
However, despite this fame, the fish is not much in demand by the wide masses of aquarists.
And there are some reasons for this. The first and main reason is the high cost per piece, and this, as a result, affects the poor fertility of fish in small aquariums with inappropriate water. To bad fertility can also be attributed to the fact that the trophy is necessary to contain not only the flocks, so even in large aquariums.
The best option would be a flock of 15-20 individuals. Just fish is quite mobile and strong temperament. If a dominant male appears in a small flock, he will deal with his competitors very quickly.
And this is a fatal outcome, which is not good for an aquarist. It turns out to buy trophy for a home aquarium, you need to roll off to 200 bucks.
Now you understand why not everyone can get such a guest from Tanganyika.
Another reason for the fact that trophus mass does not contain – fish is quite demanding for feeding and conditions of detention. The details of the content is the volume of the aquarium. The larger the bank has the volume, the better for the trophy, but certainly not less than 200 liters!
There were cases when several individuals swam in a thirty-liter office bank, which can be called blasphemy. You can also see underdeveloped fish from 100-liter jars.
However, the fish will be able to reveal all their charms in a reservoir of decent volume. An ideal condition would be a large bank with a stony landscape, like at home, and in it flocks of trophies swim.
This is truly an amazing sight.
I would like to immediately note the chemical properties of water. The water in the lake is very hard, somewhere around 20 dGH, and the active reaction of the environment is about pH 9 with a high concentration of mineral salts. Be sure to take these parameters into account if you decide to buy fish caught in nature.
Those individuals who were artificially diluted in aquarium conditions are not so demanding on the hardness of the water, although it is better not to joke with acidity.
Aquarium water should be clean and with a small amount of organic matter. It is necessary to install a good filter and clean it regularly, as well as regularly replace the water with a clean one.
Heating and aeration of the aquarium are also mandatory moments when keeping trophy. The water temperature in the aquarium should be about 26 degrees, as a rule, this temperature does not affect the well-being of pets.
Let’s now talk about food, as this is the most common cause of unsuccessful maintenance of trophy. To avoid becoming a loser, you need to know some basic things.
There will be a statement in the topic that you need to get on the Internet and look at videos about the life of fish in nature. There you will see that the trophyus lives in a reservoir with a rocky relief, which is abundantly beaten by algae.
Just these algae and are the main food of fish. On this basis, the stomach of the fish is anatomically adapted for the absorption of algae. Consider this moment when you feed the young, as in adolescence fish are more sensitive to feeding.
Simply curing the inflamed organs of digestion is rather laborious and problematic.
The main food for young stock is of course Cyclops. I never heard him cause any problems.
The main thing is to carefully choose frozen fish food. That is, it is better to take food only from trusted vendors and ensure that the pack is not reproduced. This can cause product deterioration with negative consequences for pets.
If you get Cyclops yourself, before you freeze it and give it to the fish, rinse it with clean water. Otherwise you can add some sore to your tank.
Also, the young can be given nauplii and artemia, but do not need to make them the main type of food. A little later, when the fish grow up, they perfectly eat the meat of artemia.
Give it as an additive, not the main feed. The main emphasis when feeding trophus should be of plant origin (spinach, lettuce leaves, nettle and dandelion leaves) and dry flaky food is good, with a high content of spirulina (it is necessary to soak before feeding). You can still feed steamed semolina, which can be given to fish of any age.
Now in pet stores there is a wide variety of dry feed, but it is better to choose products from serious manufacturers. I highly recommend you not to feed the trophy with a chowder, a bloodworm and a pipe worker.
Have you heard about the “golden rule” of aquarism? So, better underfed than overfeeding.
You can feed the fish more often, but gradually, while watching the behavior of the fish. If they do not want to eat, sedentary and lethargic, then the problem, either with water or with the food itself. But first of all deal with the filter and aeration, and then replace up to 50% of water within five days and increase its temperature to 29 degrees, not more.
If the matter is in the feed, remove the feed that you think caused the problem, and then arrange for the pets to unload the day. After that, organize a vegetarian diet fish.
That seems to be all that I wanted to tell you. See you soon and thank you for your time!)