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A variety of cancer for your tank

A pair of bluish spotted cancer

Akara - fish with an unusual pearly color of the gills and stigmas. They are not only amazingly beautiful, but also have a pronounced character. These types of cichlids are curious and love to watch life behind glass. Many of them recognize their master. The most popular among aquarists are: akara bluish spotted, akara krasnogrudayaya, turquoise, electric blue, zebra, akara maroon and neon. In total, today there are more than 30 types of cancer.

Akars live in the river water of South America. Homeland is considered the central part of Peru and western Ecuador. These cichlids give preference to rivers with a slow current, plenty of shelters and rich vegetation. Akars are micro-predators and feed on insects, larvae, invertebrates and small fish.

Description

The body of the fish is high, slightly flattened laterally and elongated. The head is large with a prominent forehead, the eyes are larger than average, the lips are thick. Dorsal and anal fin pointed, tail - rounded. The colors can be of various shades: from bluish-blue to reddish-burgundy.

Sizes vary by type. Zebra, one of the smallest crayfish, reaches 4-5 cm in length. Akara bluish spotted and turquoise can grow up to 25 cm in aquarium conditions.

Males are painted more brightly and attractively. Usually in females there are only blotches of various shades. The fins of the male are longer and the body is larger. A characteristic feature of males is a noticeable fatty bump on the head, which appears already in adulthood.

Kinds

Akaras are famous for their diversity of species. The following discussion focuses on the most famous and sought after ones.

Bluish spotted

The color of the fish corresponds to its name. Bluish shiny spots are spread throughout the body. The body itself is gray-blue with vertical dark stripes.

Akara bluish spotted has a docile nature and peaceful disposition. Compatibility with other types of cancer is optimal. But since this fish belongs to the family of cichlids, it is impossible to combine it with small fish. This akara is the least fastidious in keeping and feeding. Therefore, these types are recommended for beginners aquarium enthusiasts.

The optimal water temperature for a bluish spotted acara is 20-30 ° C, the acidity of water should be 6.5-8 pH, hardness from 5 to 25 °.

Turquoise

It is a larger and more brightly colored fish than the blue-spotted akara. The color of such fish is bright turquoise with silvery or pearl shades. Often turquoise akara is confused with the diamond tschlozoy. This is incorrect, because the fish are different, but their compatibility is good.

In addition to turquoise Akara, all types of large cichlids coexist with the diamond cichlozome. Turquoise Akara also has a good compatibility with chain catfish, severum. Other species of predatory cichlids can be planted on it.

Turquoise akara is considered aggressive, although with proper care and a sufficient size of the aquarium it can become quite a peace-loving fish.

Water temperature for this type of cancer should be in the range of 22-28 ° C, acidity - 6.5-8 pH, and hardness 5-13 °.

Zebra

Zebra - a small Nana fish of the cichlid family has a yellow, reddish or olive color. The entire body is crossed by vertical stripes of black.

The zebra is a peaceful and accommodating individual, shows little aggression even during the spawning season. It is better to combine with similar inactive fish.

Zebra, as well as other types of cichlids, needs a large amount of water and a varied diet. Water temperature fluctuations for these fish should be in the range of 22-28 ° C; the optimum value of acidity is 4.5-6 pH, hardness - 5-10 °.

Krasnogrudaya

Akara Krasnogrudaya got its name due to the red color of the lower part of the head and chest. The main color ranges from golden to greenish, on the back color range is darker. Before spawning fish color increases. The chest becomes saturated scarlet color, the front arrows on the abdominal fins acquire a black color.

Akara krasnogrudaya protects its territory, but very small in size, without causing inconvenience to its neighbors. An interesting feature of this fish is the ability to change its color depending on the mood.

The temperature of the water in the aquarium tank should be from 23 to 30 ° C, the acidity should be 6.5-7.5 pH, hardness - 5-20 °.

Maroni

The body is colored yellow, reddish or olive. A black stripe passes through the eyes, and near the dorsal fin there is a dark spot with a stripe running down the body. On each scale you can see a brownish spot. Akara Maroni, as well as Akara Red-breasted, changes its color depending on its emotions.

Akara Maroni is a very peaceful fish. It has a timid character and hides at the sight of danger. It is best to keep Akara Maroni in a flock of 6-8 fish.

The water temperature for these fish should be from 16 to 24 ° C, the acidity in the range of 6.5 to 7 pH, and the hardness from 3 to 10 °.

Electric blue

The color of this little fish is bright blue, sparkling. The front of the body is orange. During the spawning period, the color becomes even brighter. This type of cancer is non-aggressive, peacefully gets on with other Nana cichlids. During the spawning period, it can be active in protecting its clutch, but to a lesser extent than other Akaras.

Akara Electric Blue is very whimsical in content, but all the efforts for proper care are worth seeing its beauty. Optimal conditions of maintenance: water temperature is 20-28 ° C, acidity is 6-8 pH, hardness is 6-20 °.

Neon

This is a small fish with bright pearl-blue scales. The head and upper back have a golden hue. Neon Akara has a quiet disposition, but not during spawning. Protecting her offspring, she will zealously attack the fish swimming by and even her partner.

It is better to keep such fish separately from large cichlids, which can easily eat it. The best neighbors for the neon Akara will be the fish of the same size and with similar content needs.

The optimum temperature for this type of cichlid is 18-28 ° C, acidity 6.5-8 pH, hardness 6-15 °.

Content

A pair of turquoise cancer

Akaram needs a lot of water. Dwarf cichlids (for example, such as a zebra) must be purchased an aquarium with a volume of 100 liters per pair, and large cichlids (for example, akara turquoise) will need at least 200 liters for two. Then they will grow healthy fish with bright colors. The insufficient size of the aquarium will lead to aggression even peace-loving cichlids.

Proper maintenance includes clean habitat. At least once a week you need to change the water in the aquarium. Filtration and aeration are also required. Water should be replaced in the calculation of 20% of the total volume of the aquarium. Fresh water must be poured in very gradually, literally in a drop. Otherwise, cichlids can get sick.

But caring for Akaras is not limited to this. Of great importance for them is acidity and water hardness. Too low or high rates lead to the death of fish. In the pet store you can buy special instruments for measuring the parameters of water in the aquarium. Check the acidity and hardness daily. And be sure to measure the level of all parameters in fresh water when adding it to the aquarium.

There are various chemicals that help achieve the required quantities. But it is better to take care of the fish, using natural methods. For example, some aquarium plants reduce the water hardness (elodea, hornolistnik). It is also recommended to use strained rainwater or thawed water for an aquarium (freezing it beforehand, and then heating it to the desired temperature).

Cichlids are quite whimsical in caring for them. But they are also very picky about their neighbors in the aquarium. If you nevertheless decided to plant fish compatible with them, they should be done only at the very early age of the cichlids.

Beginners lovers of cancer may not know that these fish can not be kept in the same aquarium with snails, as cichlids simply eat them.

Fish of this type loves to rummage in the ground, so stones with sharp corners cannot be used. Akara can get hurt. Be sure to create in the aquarium all sorts of shelters in the form of zagryag, deciduous plants, mounds of stones. Cichlids need the presence of secluded places in their habitat.

Aquarium plants are best seated in the corners and along the back wall so that the fish have more space for free swimming. Consider that large cichlids, rummaging in the ground, pull out plants with a root, therefore it is necessary to fix them in separate containers.

Feeding

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This type of fish should not be fed excessively, as they overeat and start to hurt. It is best to give them food once or twice a day. It is recommended to comply with the regime in feeding cancer.

Food should be minced, especially the process of feeding dwarf cichlids and all types of cancer at an early age. Being a micro-predator, these fish grab food and swallow it whole. When feeding with a whole pipe maker or moth, the pieces of this food even stick out of the fish from the gills. After such a meal, the fish falls ill and dies.

With age, large cichlid species can already eat whole food without harm to their health.

It is recommended to alternate different feeds. The optimal nutrition for these cichlids is: hake, cod, navaga, pollock, pink salmon, squid, crab, octopus, live or frozen cyclop, bloodworm, Artemia crustaceans, washed and chopped strawberry, daphnia, beef heart, beef liver, bell pepper, scalded lettuce, carrots, specialized dry food.

When feeding fish do not abuse meat of animal origin. Heavy fat can negatively affect the condition of cancer.

When buying feed for cancer should be careful. For example, do not buy frozen bloodworms, because most often this product may be infected. It is better to acquire a fresh analogue, making sure that there is no pollution on the worms.

Breeding

Propagated akara is not difficult. An established pair finds a suitable place to lay the eggs. To do this, you must put a large flat stone in the aquarium beforehand. Fish thoroughly clean the stone. Then dig small holes in the ground to shelter future offspring. The female lays from 300 to 1000 eggs, and the male fertilizes them. Both parents care for laying. The male repels other fish, and the female shifts the fertilized eggs to secluded places.

Sometimes young parents eat their first laying. However, it must stop later.

Stimulation for the creation of offspring can serve as a frequent change of water and a higher temperature. If there are also other fish in the aquarium, a couple of crayfish can be deposited in a more cozy place for comfortable breeding.

Aquarium enthusiasm for this cichlid due to the bright color, large size and wayward character. This fish is considered one of the most intelligent and understanding. Accustomed to her master, she even allows herself to be stroked. In addition, the owners say that aquarium akara has a kind of magnetism. By placing such a fish in your tank, you will become attached to it with your whole soul forever.

Beauty turquoise akara

Akara turquoise (Aequidens rivulatus) belongs to the cichlid family (Cichlidae). She came to us from South America, where she mostly lives in the rivers of Ecuador and Peru. The species was first described in 1860 by Gunter. This species of fish is often confused with the species of Akara bluish-spotted (Aequidens pulcher) used to be considered to be the same fish. However, this is far from the case, there are significant differences.

Description

It is a large fish, it can reach 30 cm in nature, but in aquarium conditions it is about 15-20 cm. The larger the aquarium, the larger it will grow. Akara's scales are poured by blue-green shine, therefore they are called turquoise. There is a bright orange stripe on the dorsal and caudal fin. Males are larger than females, have bright turquoise scales, their distinguishing feature - growth on the forehead, dorsal and anal fin are pointed. All the beauty of the fish is revealed in the males, because females are not so bright and smaller in size than males. Also females are more aggressive, which is a feature of this fish, because cichlids usually do the opposite.

Turquoise akara is often called the "Green Terror" because of their hard nature, which makes it difficult for them to be compatible with other fish. However, they differ in mind. They can recognize their owner, and if someone came to the aquarium, they swim up to the glass to look at the person.

Content

Akaras are very fastidious about the parameters of water. It should be soft (5-13 dGH) with a neutral hydrogen index (6.5-8.0). The content of the fish is carried out at a temperature of 22-28 degrees and moderate lighting. It is very important to monitor the level of nitrates and ammonia in the water. Water change is carried out up to 30% of the volume once a week.

The aquarium for these fish should have a volume of at least 100 liters (for one fish), since they are rather large and are distinguished by their aggressiveness towards their neighbors in the aquarium. As the soil, you can use sand, coarse gravel, pebbles. The main thing that the soil was not sharp, because the fish can get hurt, because likes to dig up the ground. The volume of the substrate should be at least 8 mm.

For an aquarium with these fish, it is worth choosing artificial plastic plants or unpretentious plants with a strong root system. These can be: Anubias, Javanese moss, Thai fern, Ekhinodoruz. To avoid damage to plants with Akaras, you can attach them to the log with a fishing line. If it is a bushy plant, then it is strengthened with large stones or placed in a pot.

As decoration use snags and stones. You can put a large flat stone in the open space of the aquarium, the fish can later lay eggs on it when reproduction occurs.

Keeping in such favorable conditions will allow your small fish to live up to twelve years.

Feeding

Akara turquoise needs to be fed once or twice a day, while she needs a varied diet. It can be fed with live food or mixtures: squid, cod, hake, pink salmon, beef heart, lettuce, scalded in boiling water. As a dry feed, you should choose a special feed for cichlids. Overfeeding the fish is still not worth it, otherwise there may be problems with the digestive system.

Compatibility

The nature of these fish varies from passive to extremely aggressive. Therefore, in the aquarium should contain one pair of cancer. As neighbors, catfish, black-striped tsihlazom, Severiiums and other large fish with which turkish turquoise have good compatibility can be added to them.

Of the fish with which Akara has a turquoise poor compatibility, predatory fish or redheads, the Managuan Cichlase, can be distinguished, since these fish have an increased aggressiveness. You should not choose small fish as neighbors either, Akaras can simply eat them, taking them as food.

Breeding

Breeding Akara turquoise - not a difficult process. Male and female form a pair to reach sexual maturity, which they reach in 8 months. If it so happened that their relationship did not develop, then the female can be replaced. Reproduction affects the color of the fish: blue streaks on the scales acquire a neon glow. Also during this period, the Akaras become especially aggressive.

Breeding is carried out in a large aquarium. The temperature should be maintained from 25 to 26 degrees. Breeding of these fish should be carried out in slightly acidified water (pH 6.5-7.0) of soft or medium hardness. A couple before breeding must be abundantly fed, including in their diet earthworms, clams, beef, and so on.

Akaras clean the stone, if there is no suitable one, then a snag or glass under the ground, where they lay their eggs. Females lay eggs early in the morning or in the evening, then the male fertilizes it. The number of eggs laid by Akaras is from 200 to 400 pieces. Males protect their future offspring, patrolling the territory, in case of danger, they pounce on the object that represents the threat. Females ventilate caviar with their fins, thereby sifting out unfertilized eggs.

After 3-4 days, the larvae appear, which the female transports to the dug fossa. After 11 days they turn into fry and can swim freely in the aquarium. Feeding fry starts from 1-4 months of age, 3 times a day. They feed mainly on microplankton.

Sometimes it happens that parents can eat their fry. To avoid this, you need to transfer the eggs to another aquarium, sorting out viable and non-viable eggs. Antifungals must be added to the water.

Diseases

Basically, acara turquoise diseases are manifested as a result of vital activity and adverse conditions. Another reason is incompatibility with neighbors in the aquarium, which leads to stress and the development of diseases. Improper feeding is another reason why a fish can get sick.

Diseases can be cured with the help of special medicines, depending on the disease. Так, например, если это проблемы с желудочно-кишечным трактом, то нужно дать рыбкам какое-либо антибактериальное средство (метронидазол, ципрофлоксацин), которое добавляется в корм.

Грязная вода - хороший источник для развития болезнетворных бактерий и микроорганизмов. To avoid various dermatomycosis, it is necessary to change the water more often.

Having started a turquoise akara in your tank, you will get a bright, beautiful and unusual pet. At observance of all recommendations about their maintenance, the small fish will grow well, breed and please you.

Akara

Beautiful aquarium fish akara its species name, translated from Latin as "stream", was due to the wavy pearl-turquoise color of the stigma and gill covers. For a long time, this species was attributed to the genus Aequidens, but the difference between the green, blue and turquoise akaras is so obvious that they are distinguished into a separate genus. However, there is still information about new types of cancer, so it is likely that another new genus may appear.

The historical homeland of Acarhea is the basin of the Rio Esmeraldas River, the waters of the extreme north-west of Peru. Today, Akaras are one of the most common in cichlid aquariums, which they began to contain since the 70s of the last century.

Description

Akaras are large beautiful small fishes with a docile peaceable character. Their length sometimes reaches 30 centimeters. The body of diamond acara is powerful, flattened laterally, high. The fish are painted silver with a turquoise hue, and in the center of the case there is a stain of dark color and irregular shape. Males are slightly lighter in color than females. The head of the cancer is large, with expressive eyes. The tail and dorsal fins are edged with a strip of yellow or orange color. There are individuals with a pale yellow and even white color, as well as black-striped Akaras, which received the nickname "zebra".

They are not shy, they get used to the owner quickly enough and even distinguish him from other people. There are cases when Akaras, who were kept in an aquarium for a long time, even allowed themselves to be stroked. Adult males are distinguished by long anal and dorsal fins extended into braids, and fatty growth is distinguished on the forehead.

Content

The content of the blue-spotted silver akara is not demanding. All that is necessary for a comfortable life for these fish is aeration, regular water changes (no more than 30%) and filtration. It is better if for the maintenance of a pair of cancer you will get an aquarium with a capacity of at least 150 liters. It should be equipped with stones, pebbles of the middle fraction and snags. When Akars spawn, they begin to actively dig holes. You must be prepared for the fact that even plants with a strong root system will be dug out. To prevent such a situation, you can impose plants planted in pots, large stones. Many experienced aquarists prefer to decorate the home of fish with plastic algae.

It is not recommended to contain cancer and astronotus in the same aquarium, as fights in this case can not be avoided. How long Akars live is impossible to say for sure, because it depends on the habitat conditions and the size of the fish. There are cases when Akaras lived 10-12 years in an aquarium.

Like more gentle types of cehlids, Akaras are subject to certain diseases. Thus, the most common such diseases in cancer are fin rot and dropsy. To avoid this, water must be replaced at least once a week. Dirty water is the cause of ringworm, ascites.

Breeding

In cancer, puberty occurs in five to seven months. A group of young individuals easily creates strong pairs. Fundamental values ​​of water parameters for dilution of cancer do not have. These fish are able to spawn both in spawning and in the general aquarium. The couple first picks up a suitable substrate (ceramic pot, snag or flat stone), carefully cleans it. Even if that was not found, the fish will clear the bottom area and will spawn on the glass. During the spawning period, Akaras are very aggressive and constantly guard their territory from uninvited guests. The female can throw up to three hundred eggs. Both parents carefully care for offspring by fanning the fins. Then the larvae are not once transferred from place to place in the fossa, which were prepared in advance. Caviar develops about three to four days. The development of the larvae takes the same time. Sometimes a couple of the first few clutches eats, but over time the situation usually changes. Caviar can be incubated artificially if parents are convinced cannibals. There are no problems with what to feed Akara fry. As the first food, the fry Akara fry were born using Cyclops, Artemia nauplius, egg yolk and small dry food. Akars are omnivorous fish, so live and dry and frozen food is suitable for them. From time to time they can be treated to seafood, vegetable foods and small fish.

Akara bluish-mottled content, description, care, breeding.

Akara bluish-spotted description

Akara ordinary - a very popular, brightly colored cichlid originally from South America. It has long been known in aquaria as easy to maintain and very prolific. Translated from Latin, her name (pulcher) means - "noble", "beautiful". She is often confused with another representative of this. family of aquarium fish - Akara turquoise (Aequidens rivulatus). However, the blue-spotted akara is significantly less turquoise and its males do not have such a large fat cone on the forehead.

AKARA GOLUBOVATO-SPOTNAYA

The body is slightly compressed on the sides, high, stocky, elongated-diamond-shaped, with a short tail stem. The head is large, with large mobile eyes, the forehead is wide, the mouth is small. Perfectly developed fins, especially the dorsal, which is located almost on the entire back. The dorsal, as well as the anal fin, is pointed at the end. The tail fin is rather wide, rounded back. These fish are very appreciated by an aquarist for an attractive look. Their body is crossed by dark vertical stripes, in the center is a more pronounced black, catchy spot. The belly and sides gleam with bluish-green shades, with a pattern of blue specks. Body color in the spawning period becomes much brighter, and the fins become reddish. To imagine what these aquarium fish cichlids - video posted just below. It is almost impossible to distinguish a male from a female. Presumably, the male has more pointed and elongated ends of the anal and dorsal fins. Plus - males are larger than females.FEEDING.
I am happy to feed on any living pipe worker, brine shrimp, insect larvae. Like any other fish, if you train it, it will take granulated or any other artificial food.

BEHAVIOR.
Territorial fish: held in pairs. A few pairs, if put together, begin violent skirmishes for leadership. Relatively calm, although when digging holes, it pulls out plants from the root, trying to transfer them to another place.

Reproduction.
It is easy to breed this species. It reaches puberty at a length of 7 cm. The female spawns eggs in the pits in the sandy soil on a flat stone. Parents carefully care for eggs and fry.

TECHNICAL ADVICE.
The soil should be easily washed, consisting, for example, of small pebbles in which fish will dig burrows for themselves. In addition, build shelters of stones and roots. Secure the plants at the bottom, and cover the roots with special baskets or stones. Maintain a temperature of 22-26 ° C and an acidic or neutral pH.

AKARA GOLUBOVATO-SPOTNAYA

Content

Akara bluish-spotty - peaceful fish, it gets on well with many species of fish, both medium and large size. It is preferable to contain a couple, besides it will be possible to observe their relationship. Periodically, they bite and shake each other due to the monotonous life and small size of the reservoir. An aquarium from 70 liters will be suitable for maintenance. It should be living plants, preferably with strong leaves, shelter of large stones and snags and enough space for swimming. The optimal parameters of water: temperature from 20 ° to 28 ° C, pH 6.0-8.5, hardness 6-30 °. Water should be replaced weekly to 30% of the volume, there is also a need for strong filtration and aeration. Akara blue-spotted can be called omnivorous. She eats all kinds of food with pleasure: dry (flakes, granules), live, frozen and even bread.

Breeding

Akara puberty reaches to 8-10 months. It can spawn both in the general aquarium and in a separate breeding ground. To do this, a container capacity of 50 liters. The spawning plant is planted with plants, various shelters are built from logs or clay flower pots, and large flat stones are placed in it. All these items will serve as a substrate for caviar. The spawning area maintains a temperature of 25-28 ° C, water hardness of 6-20 °, pH 6.5-7.0. It is necessary to frequently add fresh water (20-30%) and create enhanced aeration.

During spawning, fish are very aggressive, because they are trying to protect personal territory. The female lays 300-1000 eggs. It happens that manufacturers eat up the first clutch, but then it stops. The duration of the incubation period is 3-8 days, depending on the temperature. After hatching, the producers in the mouth transfer their offspring to the prepared holes in the ground (in the sand). After 4 days the young already swims and takes food. Fry are fed lively by dust, nematodes, rotifers.

The water parameters in the aquarium with blue-spotted akaras should be as follows:

  • water temperature: 20-28 ° C;
  • pH 6.0-8.5;
  • dH 6-30;
  • weekly replacement of 30% water + powerful filtration and aeration of the aquarium.

Turquoise akara: feeding than feeding

Akara turquoise belongs to the family of cichlids and can reach 25 cm in size. Loves care and clean water. Very beautiful in color and in the backlit aquarium all glows in blue.

Nutrition and Diet

How to feed turquoise akara? How to feed turquoise akara? Care for akara turquoise includes proper nutrition. Turquoise akara fish eats a lot, but, of course, smaller than a cat in the house. From 1-4 months, the young are fed about 3 times a day, half a year - 3 times a day, and then - once. Turquoise akara spits out some food, so you need to monitor the condition of the water.

Akara fish feeds are diverse, but it is better not to feed them with a pipe maker, because of the large amount of food they require, the risk of intestinal contamination is possible. You can feed the fish with the following mixtures: fresh-frozen pink salmon, cod, navaga, hake, pollock, squid, gammarus, beef heart, scalded lettuce leaves.

Turquoise akara, the feeding of which should occur once a day, should be fed in a variety of ways.

Breeding

Akara turquoise fish aquarium divorce is very easy. They begin to form pairs and reach puberty when they reach 12 cm in height. Future partners together clean the stones and drive away foreign fish.

Independent pairs are contained only separately. Water and water temperature should be fresh and 24-28 degrees.

A couple is fed abundantly before fertilization; The ration of food is made up of live and recently dead fish, earthworms, whole or chopped clams, beef meat and other food.

Gender distinction

The sex of the fish is difficult to distinguish, however, the male may be brighter colored, and its fins are slightly sharper and longer than those of the female. In one or two days, the female develops an ovipositor, and in the male a seed tube.

Compatibility

Breeding such a pet as turquoise akara includes knowledge of the compatibility of fish with others. Akara can be kept together with fish that are close to them in size and care for them. For an adult couple who already occupy an aquarium, it is difficult to plant someone, but if you sit down with "neighbors" from childhood, you end up with an interesting aquarium society.

Black-striped tsichlozy, severuma, handsome chromis, other large cyclides, mail catfish, six-strip distyhods, large barbs, polyterus, snakeheads will get along from fish from Akara.

Spawning turquoise turkey is also an amazing act. Life expectancy turquoise akara from 4 to 10 years, sometimes the fish give themselves to stroke the back, they are well aware of their owner. Along with a certain charm in this fish magnetism is laid, because the owners are very attached to this fish.

Akara Turquoise - compatibility

Common aquarium fish Akara turquoise won the glory of calm and peace-loving inhabitants. It is extremely rare, and due to the fault of the aquarist who missed spawning, the compatibility of turquoise Akara with other types of fish is unsuccessful. So, calm fish instantly turns into an angry fury. According to some breeders, the maintenance of Akara with turquoise neighbors ended with the fact that after a while only she remained in the aquarium ...

To these fish did not annoy the roommates, the size of all the inhabitants of the aquarium should be the same. So, Akara turquoise and other large-sized cichlids, for example, tsikhlazomy, quietly live in a spacious aquarium. Soma (synodontis, pterigoplicht), fighting leshchevidnye or shark barbs are great neighbors for cancer. These fish will simply ignore each other.

More difficult situation with astronotus. Sometimes these related species exist peacefully. However, there are cases when turquoise akara and astronotus bring each other to great stress, and Akara is the initiator of the conflicts. For this reason, the first time you need to carefully monitor the fish, and at the first signs of aggression to seat them in different aquariums. Complete incompatibility is observed in cancer with dwarf cichlids. Gentle and intelligent scalar will be injured or killed immediately if Akara loses his temper.

Causes of aggression

Anger and aggression in cancer are primarily associated with the spawning period. These caring and attentive parents, driven by instinct, dig the soil, uproot the plants. Unasked guest in spawning will be instantly attacked.

In addition to the instinct of reproduction and protection of the territory, cancer has a developed hunting instinct. If the fish is hungry, and the owner is delayed in feeding, the cute guppies, neons and other small fish will be perceived by Akara as live food.

Despite the fame of terrorists, the proper selection of the inhabitants of the aquarium and timely feeding will help avoid fights, violent clashes and murders.

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