Labyrinth, or as they are called – Anabasovye, can breathe not only oxygen like other fish, but also atmospheric air as a person. This unique feature of labyrinth fishes is obliged to a special labyrinth organ located under the gills.
This truly amazing feature makes anabasic resistant hydrobionts able to survive in the dirty and warm oxygen-poor water. For example, Lalyaus survives in such a muddy that it is even scary to imagine.
This type of aquarium fish is considered versatile and easy to maintain, as you can forget about the aeration of the aquarium. When you populate an aquarium, consider one more thing: not a single fish from this family can be counted among the peaceful inhabitants of the aquarium.
Just different types behave differently, they have their own habits and characteristics. Not always couples get along peacefully. If you notice a troublemaker in the aquarium, it’s best to remove it from there.
I would like to mention the fish, which are remotely considered related, as they are less competing with each other, because they differ in requirements. Although this rule is considered to be generalized, you should not forget about it. For example, instead of buying a pearl gourami and marble, it is better to take the males and gem.
You can add a flock of Sumatran barbs for the liveliness of the company. In addition, in addition to this whole brigade, you can share a flock of six wedge-shaped rasbor.
When making an aquarium for labyrinth fish plants should be planted not only because of aesthetic considerations. Thanks to competent planting aquarium plants, you can provide shelter and divide the aquarium into sections.
This is a very important moment for the territorial species of which are many among the labyrinth ones.
Among anabasovy common in our stores and poultry houses there are no species, closing aquarium plants. When choosing plants, it is better to give priority to unpretentious fast-growing aquarium plants that will reach the surface of the aquarium in a short time period.
For example, a good option is ceratopteris floating on the surface or spiral vallysneria. As an option, you can use elodeyu and ambulia, they will also be quite high.
In the foreground, choose those plants that will be resistant to weak light, since other tall grass will absorb most of the light. Some types of cryptocoren can be planted in the foreground.
Be sure to get a cover glass that will fit snugly to the surface of the aquarium. The fact is that labyrinth lovers jump from an aquarium even through small cracks.
Also, the cover glass will reduce the temperature difference in the air layer and the surface of the aquarium water. If there is no cover, due to constant breathing with cooler air, fish may experience various diseases. Aquarium soil, I would advise you to take either fine rolled gravel or large river sand.
Feel free to decorate the aquarium with snags and stones. Try to get such a snag, the branches of which will reach the surface of the water, which will serve as an excellent shelter for most of the labyrinth.
A pleasant moment is the fact that the labyrinth is not demanding on the chemical composition of water. But due to natural features, it’s better to make the water neutral and soft. Filtering water in a labyrinth aquarium is not a required attribute, but it must be used to maintain a clean aquarium and biological balance.
The main task of filtration is neutralization of all kinds of suspended particles, ensuring the transparency of aquarium water, mixing. Keep the water temperature 24-27 degrees, as it is optimal for all anabasic.
When you regulate the flow of water through the filter, it is better to make the flow not strong. It is desirable that the surface surface was calm.
There were no problems with feeding the labyrinth family, as all of its representatives eat any food, be it live, dry or vegetable. However, as observations have shown, the labyrinth prefer more bloodworms.
I would like to note the usefulness of macropods and gourami, as they eat algae on stones, hydra and planaria.