maintenance, care, compatibility
Neon fish: care and maintenance. Neon aquarium: fish compatibility
Neons Care and maintenance.
How to prepare the water and soil?
Neon – fish, the reproduction of which does not cause unnecessary trouble
Neons are very beautiful small fish that will adorn any aquarium. Named so for the bright blue iridescent strip running along the body.
There are several types of these fish: blue – ordinary, red and black. They all get along well in aquariums and delight the eye.
The content of neon in the aquarium usually does not cause much difficulty. These fishes feel well in tanks even of small size, as they are small in themselves.
The temperature of the water in the aquarium for neons is acceptable in the range from 18 to 28 ° C, but it is best to keep them at 20–24 ° C, as in too warm water, neons can quickly age. So if you ask the question: “Why do neons die in an aquarium?”, Then the most likely reason lies precisely in the elevated water temperature.
It is also impossible to keep neons in the same aquarium with aggressive, predatory fish, for example, cichlids, because sooner or later they will be eaten. These are schooling fish, so if you want to extend the life of neons for as long as possible in your aquarium, purchase them not in pairs, but in small flocks of 5-6 individuals.
Under favorable conditions, neons can live with you for up to 4–5 years.
It should also be remembered that neons love fairly soft water and a lot of plants in which to hide. Aquariums with a large number of these algae are closest to the natural habitat of neon.
What to feed the neon in the aquarium, you can decide for yourself, as these fish are not too sensitive to food. However, you should not choose too large food, as neon can choke.
Compatibility of aquarium neons with other types of fish
So that you do not have problems with breeding, you need to have only soft water in the aquarium. Neons reach their sexual maturity in 7-12 months. An adult individual will survive in a tough environment, but its calf is likely to die.
As a spawner, use tanks up to ten liters. Water can be somewhat acidified using a decoction of oak bark or alder cones.
Try to darken the aquarium and provide good aeration to the water. But it is better not to use filters, because caviar can suck in there. At the bottom of the bed a little moss.
After that, you can do breeding fish neon. Depending on the size of the spawning plant, from several to 30 pairs are planted in it.
Spawning will occur on the same night or for a couple of days.
As soon as you notice caviar on the moss, parents can be sifted back, and the water level can be reduced to ten centimeters. To prevent the appearance of harmful fungus can be diluted in the water of the drug Tetra Medica General Tonic.
You can turn on the light after 5 days, when the larvae begin to feed and swim. There should be no films on the surface of the water, because the larva will not be able to get air into the swim bladder.
Food for fry are ciliates, cyclops or rotifers. One female is able to reproduce up to 250 eggs. You will notice signs of coloring in the area of the third week of their life.
And when neons reach the age of one and a half months and confidently begin to behave in the middle layer of water, they can safely be added to the general aquarium.
Neon aquarium fish quickly won the love of aquarists around the world. They will become a real decoration of your aquarium, striking the owner and his guests with their exotic and bright colors.
Tarakatum: content, compatibility, reproduction, photo-video review
– These are somas that reach a sufficiently large size – 18 cm per day and more. Therefore, it is better to keep them in the aquarium from 100 liters. for a couple.
If the aquarium is smaller, then the catfish simply will not grow and will be “dwarf-sized”, which can lead to diseases, stress and death of the fish. About how much you can keep fish in X liters of aquarium, see HERE (at the bottom of the article there are links to aquariums of all volumes).
Natural Habitat: North and Central South America and about. Trinidad, pools r. Amazons and ponds Guiana. Live in reservoirs with flowing water, and also in reservoirs where water is poorly enriched with oxygen.
Aquarium arrangement: It is better to keep Tarakatum in the general aquarium with dense thickets of plants and a large number of shelters (grottoes, snags, stones).
A bit of history: Appeared in Russia (USSR) in 1971.
The body of the fish is elongated, with a slightly bent back and a flat belly. On the sides are 2 rows of bone plates. The head is wide and slightly flattened, has two pairs of long whiskers.
Fish of the crustacean catfish family additionally have intestinal respiration – that is, they can take oxygen from the surface of the water using the anus.
Tarakatums are very peaceful, usually held in the lower layer of water, but sometimes they swim up into the middle layers. Activity manifest with the onset of twilight.
Feeding aquarium fish must be correct: balanced, diverse. This fundamental rule is the key to successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses.
Article “How and how much to feed aquarium fish” talks in detail about this, it outlines the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.
In this article, we note the most important thing – feeding fish should not be monotonous; both dry and live food should be included in the diet. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet ration either with the highest protein content or vice versa with vegetable ingredients.
Popular and popular feed for fish, of course, are dry food. For example, hourly and everywhere can be found on the aquarium shelves of food company “Tetra” – the leader of the Russian market, in fact, the range of feeds of this company is striking.
In the “gastronomic arsenal” of Tetra are included as individual feeds for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricarids, guppies, labyrinths, arovan, discus, etc. Also, Tetra has developed specialized foods, for example, for enhancing color, fortified or for feeding fry.
Detailed information on all Tetra feeds, you can find on the official website of the company – here.
It should be noted that when buying any dry food, you should pay attention to the date of its production and shelf life, try not to buy food by weight, and also keep the food in a closed state – this will help avoid the development of pathogenic flora in it.