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Friends of aquarium plants – a list of useful fish

Hello dear colleagues! Today the second part of the article about friends of aquarium plants will be released.

The first part can be found at this link. Well, if you remember, the last time I wrote an article at the request of my reader Ivan, in which I talked about the speckled catfish.

Surprisingly, the article turned out quite impressive. It seems to be nothing special in the content of these fish is not, but true. Well, in the meantime, we will return to the friends of plants.

So, let’s go further.

Very often it is now possible to meet in aquariums the lovers of another plant friend – the two-colored labo. This attractive fish is becoming more popular with aquarists every year. I myself want to buy a couple, only they do not come across to me.

In our stores you can find two types of labo: two-color and green. Only here the second option in our city, at least I have not yet met.

This aquarium fish can reach up to 12 centimeters in length, almost like a girinoheylus. These beautiful aquarian small fishes live in reservoirs of Southeast Asia.

What do they eat in the wild? Mostly eat various fouling on snags and stones. In this fish, the structure of the mouth allows you to literally cut algae from the stones.

Since this worker is actively nibbling algae, he can be easily established in an aquarium with a large number of plants. The fish is very active throughout the day, so it is sometimes interesting to sit near the aquarium and watch them.

It is better, of course, that the volume of your aquarium in which you plan to maintain a labo is at least 100 liters, since these fish need fresh, clean water. And if the aquarium is a small volume, then frequent water changes in such aqua can affect the violation of biological equilibrium, and, accordingly, with all the problems arising from it.

The optimal volume of the aquarium for the content is 200 liters or more. In aqua of such volume, the fish will not have a shortage of natural food and a place to accelerate)

Plus, as you know, in aquariums of large volumes there is a more stable environment. What am I talking about? Even if you replace more than ¼ of the volume, the biological balance in such an aquarium will not suffer.

Also, the pH level, temperature and carbonate hardness will not change much, and Labo are quite sensitive to these parameters. The optimum conditions for the content is considered to be 24-28 degrees temperature, the average hardness of water is not more than 12 dH and the neutral reaction of the medium is close to 7pH.

What to feed labo? In addition to the fact that the fish actively scrubs algae from stones and koryag, it must also be supplemented with additional vegetable feed. As a top dressing, you can use lettuce leaves, dandelion leaves, boiled cabbage, and beetroot batwa will suit as well.

The same fish is not against food and feed of animal origin, that is, bloodworm, tubule and koretra.

One thing is bad – widespread popularity among aquarists is hindered by the fact that a fish spawns in aquariums of very large volumes. In order for the fish to spawn in the general aquarium of their own free will, they need an aquas 500 liters minimum.

Plus, when spawning takes place, special hormones are added to the jar. Young animals are quite expensive and not every fan can pay a good amount for a couple of fish, but this inhabitant of the underwater world is worth the money that they ask for.

As it turns out, friends of aquarium plants are also among labyrinth fish. They turned out to be the moon and kissing gourami. To begin, let’s talk about kissing gourami.

This name was given to the fish due to the structure of the oral apparatus. This interesting fish is from the islands in the Indian Ocean and Malaysia. But unfortunately, in the aquariums he will meet a great success, as the fish has no particular popularity.

Why is that?

Just fish grows to impressive size – right up to 20 centimeters. And as you know, the price of aquariums and aquarium equipment is growing, and I have repeatedly received letters from people with various issues in which they mentioned the size of their cans, which they already have or want to buy. Most novice aquarists can afford a can of 60-100 liters, all that is higher for them is expensive.

Well, it is not surprising! When I started the aquarium in 2008 for 270 liters, it cost me no more than 5 thousand hryvnias without fish and plants! This price included the aquarium itself, the lid and stand.

Solid price, right? But let’s still go back to our gourami.

In addition to the large size of the fish itself and the impressive volumes of the aquarium required for maintenance, the fish is considered to be demanding to the conditions of detention. The water temperature should be quite high – 25-28 degrees Celsius, a varied diet, which is very important for growing individuals.

But in spite of all this, they remain quite good attendants of the aquarium, constantly plucking various algae, sometimes very dense fouling from stones, snags and walls of the aquarium. It looks interesting to young goose kisses – a silvery-white body, and fins have a dark edging.

As the fish grows old, the body color fades and the Guram leaves its attractiveness.

I almost forgot mentioned about the moon gourami. Although these fish are not such hard workers as all of the above, but they are also considered to be aides of the aquarium and successfully cope with the thread.

And this muck was probably in every aquarium. Like all its relatives, the lunar gouras are demanding to feed and water, in particular to temperature conditions.

Unfortunately the fish is not in great demand among fans of the underwater garden.

So we got to the best cleaners of the aquarium – ototsinklyus. Girinoheylus is not inferior to him, but about him a little further.

Again, to our regret, otsinklyusy are not often found in amateur aquariums, as it is difficult to breed them on an industrial scale.

Externally, these people from the rivers of South and Central America are slightly similar to ancistrus, but in size they are smaller and not 5-6 centimeters long. The fish is demanding to the conditions of detention – loves warm water at least 25 degrees. Under natural conditions, otozincluses eat only fouling at the bottom of the reservoir.

In aquarium conditions, besides the food they find at the bottom of the aquarium, stones and snags, they are not against food with food of animal origin. In distinguish from the same antsistrusov, this orderly is more active and better removes various fouling from plants and stones.

Well, how not to say about this medic and assistant aquarist. Girinoheylus is gaining popularity with novice aquarists and experienced aquarists.

That’s because, thanks to his hard jaws and suction mouth, he can perfectly free the surface of the aquarium from various algae.

Homeland of this sweeper are the fast rivers of Thailand and the island of Klimantan. Under natural conditions, the orderly can grow up to 20 centimeters, but in aquariums almost never grows more than 15 centimeters.

I raised centimeters at 12, a fat one, even throw it on a griddle) By right, they consider the girinoheusa to be the perfect cleaner of a decorative aquarium, so if you haven’t bought such a fish yet, buy it and don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it.

One is a negative point in gyriks, which I don’t really like – the fish jealously guards its territory. At first I had a pair of olive weights.

So, one of them vymahal more than 10 centimeters, and the second remained clogged and small in size. Perhaps this is because a large female, and a smaller male. But I still have one thought – a bigger girik has chosen a place for itself near the front stacks of the aquarium where food drops to the bottom.

When I feed the fish, he grazes there and drives everyone, not giving him food to eat. But he didn’t reach strong clashes, he just jerks after his brother less, and if he gets a leaf of a plant, he can easily tear it. Do not forget to regularly feed the fish with additional tablets falling to the bottom of the aquarium.

The price of the girinoheylus in the store is not high – we have 10 hryvnias for 1 piece, I think you can give a gold coin for such a valuable fish.

On this optimistic note, I want to finish the review of friends of aquarium plants, I hope I have not forgotten anyone. Well, if you forgot, please remind in the comments.

In the future, I plan to post a couple of articles on the blog in which I will consider the enemies of aquarium plants, but this is another story 🙂 I advise you to subscribe to the blog mailing list. And that’s all, all to new meetings, friends!)

P.S. The joke of the day:

Lecture on sexology. Professor:

– During sexual intercourse in humans, body temperature rises by 1 degree, and in birds by 2 degrees.

A student sleeps on the desk, he picks him up and asks him to repeat what he said. A student using general tips and gestures says:

– Well, when people have sex, the body temperature rises by 1 degree so that the body temperature rises by 2 degrees, it is necessary to fight so that the feathers fly.

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