How to feed a cock fish?
Rooster fish are popular with many aquarists. And how could it be otherwise? After all, these small, but surprisingly beautiful fish with luxurious fins are really capable of bewitching any person. Of course, for them to continue to delight you over the years, you need to learn more about them.
This should start with the fact that in no case should one keep two males in one aquarium.
Few people realize that these beautiful and graceful fish are distinguished by unusual aggression. Sometimes a strong male can kill a weak one to death - because they belong to the category of fighting fish.
Often, novice aquarists do not know what to feed cockerels. The answer to this question is simple - like any other fish, it is best to feed them with live food.
Perfect bloodworm, which you can buy both in the fishing and in the pet store. You can keep the food alive either in the door of the refrigerator or in a special millworm placed in the toilet bowl.
Immediately it should be said - overfeeding the fish is very dangerous. For adults it is enough to feed three to five worms twice a day.
Yes, it seems to many a very small portion, but here it is worth considering the small activity of the fish. Usually they can rest for hours on algae leaves, or simply hovering in the water column.
If you can not always buy moths, you can buy a special dry food for males. But still it will be better to alternate feed. For example, in the morning to give live food, and in the evening - moth.
After learning how to feed the fish-cockerel, it is worth asking and how best to feed them. Feed should be given at a fixed time. Then all the fish are already gathering near the trough, and it does not turn out that one “shustrika” will get a double portion, while the other, not having time for lunch, will remain hungry. Many aquarists, before feeding, click a finger several times on the glass of the aquarium in order to develop a conditioned reflex in fish. In a few weeks one click will be enough - the fish will immediately gather near the feeders and will be able to have a hearty lunch.
Cockerel fish care
Cockerel fish is distinguished by its beauty and fighting spirit. It received its name due to the fact that two males in one aquarium arrange real cockfights, with fluffed fins and tails. If time does not separate them, then one of the cockerels, alas, dies.
The homeland of the cockerel fish is small ponds with warm water in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. That is why the cockerel fish must be kept in warm water at 22-26 ° C.
Cockerel Fish - maintenance and care
Caring for aquarium cockerel fish does not require deep knowledge, it is enough to follow the following recommendations. The cockerel fish feels great in a small aquarium. These are representatives of the labyrinth fish, which means that they breathe with the help of the gill labyrinth with atmospheric air. Close the aquarium lid so that the air above the water surface warms up and your little cockerel does not catch a cold.
The aquarium can be filled with plants with large leaves, exclude those that cover the surface of the water or have sharp edges. Living plants are preferable to artificial ones; in addition, they will supply oxygen to the water in the aquarium. Take care also of shelters for fish, dark soil. Aeration of water is not required, and you can put the filter on request. However, do not forget that the cockerel fish is inactive and care for it involves the creation of calm conditions, and the filter in a small aquarium can create excessive turbulence.
Do not place the aquarium in a draft or in direct sunlight, but the fish must have a sufficient amount of light. Clean the aquarium regularly! This should be done once a week, and if you have a small aquarium it’s better to completely change the water. The fish is caught in a net and transplanted into a jar with a portion of the water. Then, under running water without the use of powders, they wash the aquarium and the ground and fill it with clean water of the desired temperature.
How to feed a cock fish?
For the rooster fish, they choose a special food in the form of small flakes, which is a dry full-feed. Food give 1-2 times a day at the tip of a knife. Within 5-10 minutes all food must be eaten. However, the cockerel fish is prone to overeating, if necessary, you can arrange for it one fasting day.
Breeding cockerel fish
For breeding cockerels fit a pair of fish at the age of 6-8 months. Until the moment of their meeting, they are kept separately for a couple of weeks, then they are thrown into one common aquarium, where the male begins to build a nest of foam and show mating games. In a couple of days you can expect spawning. After the female lays 100-600 eggs, it is deposited, and the male takes care of the eggs. After another 3-5 days, when the fry are already swimming, the male is rejected.
- aquarium length 25 cm and more;
- water level 10-15 cm;
- without soil;
- after the male has settled down, the water level is 5 cm;
- subdued lighting;
- pair of plants with small leaves.
Further content of the cockerel fish with other fish is possible. Do not forget about the nature of the fighting fish, about what fish the cockerels get on with. Do not hold together two males, do not choose guppies or fishes with veils in neighbors.
Cockerel Fish Disease
The most common disease affecting the beautiful tails of cockerels is called fin rot, or pseudomonosis. With this disease, the fins and tail descend and become as if scorched around the edges. The progression of this disease can leave your fish without a tail and fins. Infection occurs due to a specific bacterium that gets into the water with sick fish, live food and poor soil. The disease must be treated with special means.
The average life expectancy of fish is two to three years, but how long the cockerels live depends on the care and maintenance.
How to care for cockerel fish
The cockerel or betta fish (Latin Betta splendens) is one of the most popular aquarium fish. Natural habitat - freshwater ditches, rivers, streams of Southeast Asia. Often found in paddy fields. For the first time the fish was noticed by the inhabitants of Siam at the beginning of the XIX century. The "stranger" was distinguished by aggressive behavior towards his relatives. Later, the fighting fish was transferred to the imperial court, where it was examined by European scientists invited to the country. Residents of Siam used the cockerel in the "fish" battles: the males fiercely demonstrated their strength, but no deaths occurred.
The genus Betta charges more than 70 species, and the Betta splendens cockerel is one of them. There are 6 more types of betta, which are not related to a particular type. The genus Betta is divided into 2 groups: the representatives of the first build a foam nest, the second - incubate the eggs in the mouth. Today, aquarium betta ordinary are full of a variety of shapes and colors, so it is important for them to provide constant care.
Cockerels are small aquarium fish; in captivity, their body length reaches 4-6 cm, males are a centimeter more than females. In Betta splendens (common cock), the body color is green-olive, with dark spots or stripes. The fish mimic the environment, so the color of scales may vary. During spawning and aggression, the body becomes bright, at rest it is faded. In the wild cockerel, the fins are short and round. Now there are many breeding forms of these fish, which differ in color scales and fins.
As a representative of the contract. Labyrinth fish, the cockerel is a double-breathing fish, can breathe like gills, and there is atmospheric air. It captures air into the labyrinth channel, where it dissolves. This is a big plus, because in aquarium with cockerels aeration is not necessary, in this case it is much easier to care for a pet in an aquarium. They can be kept in "Spartan" conditions, although this is undesirable. Caring for them will not cause any trouble even to a novice in aquarism. If the aquarium water temperature, acidity, purity are maintained at a normal level, the pet will live longer.
Watch the video story about the cockerel fish.
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Cockerel content is available at home, it is possible even in a 3-liter jar. For two individuals and more will need more capacity. Like all fish, cramped - only to the detriment. Fish will be very comfortable in a rectangular and spacious aquarium. It is not recommended to keep more than one male in the aquarium (except for the black cockerel species). Between them there are often disputes that already speak - even between the female cockerels there were fights. The result - bodily injuries, dangling fins.
If you have nowhere to settle two males - choose a large aquarium of 50-100 liters or more. You can put a partition in it, so the territory will be divided. Also, the fish have bursts of aggression, when there is a change of water or a female appears.
They are not easy to maintain with other types of fish - some are not averse to tear off the beautiful and long fins. The males themselves can attack peaceful fish with veil fins. Good aquarium neighbors - danios, speckled catfish, cardinals. Compatibility with barbs is controversial, it is possible if you find a fish with D-shaped, short fins. The males quickly get used to the neighbors, and the eviction of one of them can lead to stress.
The Betta splendens fish is a tropical species, so it is recommended to settle in aquariums with infused and warm water: water temperature 24-27 ° C, ph 6.0-8.0, hardness 5-35 dGH. Once a week it is necessary to replace 25% of water with fresh. Aeration is optional.
They can be kept in a nano aquarium, in glass containers. But think carefully, will it be convenient for a small fish in a crush? Indeed, in a limited space there is no possibility to plant the plants, install snags, decorations, shelters. To provide the fish with proper care, you need swimming space, safety and cleanliness. So you can put a filter in the aquarium so that your pet does not get sick. Lighting is necessary, in the tank you can put an LB lamp of 0.4 W per 1 liter. At night, the light required to turn off.
In the cockerel fish, sexual dimorphism is noticeable: females are smaller in size, not so bright in color, they have short fins. Males are larger, with lush and long fins. During spawning, the umbilical cord resembling a white dot can be seen in females. Fish become sexually mature at the age of 4 months, they can breed in another 2-4 months. Care of manufacturers implies a separate spawning. If the female has not reproduced for a long time, her calf turns into a cyst, which can lead to death. Males that have already multiplied have fins longer. Males live up to 3 years old, it is better not to plant old fish for spawning.
See how the spawning of cockerels.
The spawning volume is allowed 10-20 liters, with a height of water of 15 cm. Soil is optional, and floating plants are needed. The male will provide care for the fry by building a nest of bubbles and fragments of vegetation. In the tank should be shelter for the female. The manufacturer makes a nest, and invites a female, or several females, if you have more of them.
Stimulates reproduction increased water temperature - up to 28-30 degrees Celsius. Updating the water also gives spawning signal. 2 weeks before the process, the fish are fed with live food (moth, daphnia). Aeration in spawning is not needed - it will destroy the nest, and with it, the eggs and larvae. First, a male is launched into the tank, and a female in a day.
Fish will spawn in a few days, if breeding does not occur in a few weeks, it is better to change the female. With extreme aggression of the male, change it to another. In the process of spawning, the male takes care of the female, helps her squeeze out her calf, pressing the body. He immediately fertilizes the released eggs, grabs them with his mouth and takes them to the nest. When the spawning is over, the female can be moved to a common aquarium so that it does not suffer from the male.
The larvae will hatch in 2-4 days, depending on how the temperature of the water in the aquarium increases. At this time, the parent provides masonry care, picks up dropped eggs from the nest. When the fry hatch, he will still be with them. After 4 days, the fry will swim independently; then the male can be removed. During one spawning 200-400 eggs can emerge, but 1/3 of them survive.
In the first days of their life they are fed live dust, ciliates, egg yolk from hard boiled eggs. After a week, they can be given Artemia larvae, shredded strawberry or special food for fry. In order to properly develop the labyrinth organ, it is possible to turn on weak aeration in their nursery and lower the water level. The labyrinth organ will be formed in a few months, but all this time, from incubation to the age of the young, the fry need to be constantly looked after.
Cockerel fish: capricious and beautiful inhabitant of your aquarium
The cock aquarium fish (otherwise it is called the Siamese cockerel or the fighting fish) is a representative of the most beautiful aquarium inhabitants. Male and female are easy to distinguish: as a rule, males are painted more intensely and brightly. Aquarists do not cease to admire the fish, their appearance, cool temper, care for the offspring. How many live cockerel fish? Their life expectancy is from 1 to 3 years. Of course, an important role is played by feeding, housing conditions, compatibility with other fish. This is proposed to talk. We will also affect the breeding of cockerels.
Conditions of detention
So, in more detail about how to create the most favorable conditions for the maintenance of the lives of males, or how to care for them:
- the water temperature should be maintained at a level of 24-28 degrees, however if it drops to 18 degrees, the fish will still be able to survive and even develop;
- the acidity of the water should not be more than 7.5;
- water hardness should not exceed 15 degrees.
If we talk about the enrichment of water with oxygen, then the fish has gill breathing and a special respiratory organ, which is called a labyrinth. Thanks to the maze, aquarium cockerels can swallow water with atmospheric air on the surface. For this reason, they are not too sensitive to fluctuations in oxygen concentration or lack thereof.
If we talk about other conditions of life, then the size of the aquarium is determined as follows: there should be at least 4 liters of water for one cock. How much is necessary in your case, it is not difficult to determine by this rule.
In general, special care for cockerels is not required, but for the full development it is worth adhering to these simple recommendations.
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What can not perform actions:
- direct sunlight should not fall on the aquarium;
- Do not allow excessively sudden changes in temperature and drafts when cleaning water;
- do not use natural shells, corals, shells as decorations, do not decorate the aquarium with other objects made of natural materials;
- do not put objects with sharp edges or, for example, with protrusions in the aquarium;
- cover the aquarium with the lid, as the fish themselves, and even the young Siamese males can jump out of the tank;
- Do not fill the aquarium with bottled water, it is not recommended to be used for maintenance.
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How to feed, what feed to choose? Frozen fish food and live food will do as well. In general, to choose food for wayward cockerels is not difficult. But experts recommend to feed them in a variety of ways: it is not necessary that dry feeding be the basis.
How much feed should I give? Not too much. It is recommended to conduct a simple experiment: if the remaining feed has settled to the bottom, then you have not chosen the optimal amount, you need to reduce the amount of feed, and remove the remains with a net. Feed must be eaten within 5-10 minutes. It is imperative to feed the rooster balanced, not overfeeding.
How often to feed? It is enough to do it once or twice a day.
Aquarists suggest using earthworms as food if there is no live.
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Probably, many have heard that cockerels live beautifully alone. The reason is that the fish has a peculiar behavior: it is often aggressively tuned to any neighborhood, and even to relatives. Some sources indicate that males and females live normally only in an aquarium with a volume of 40 liters or more; with other fish live peacefully, if they are contained in a container of more than 15 liters.
In many ways, behavior is a decisive factor, and lovers give the cock a desired solitude. In this case, his behavior does not harm anyone. You can even have a cockerel kept alone in a small aquarium. How much should the volume of the aquarium? For one cock, we recall, the suitable capacity of 4-5 liters.
If the cockerel is contained in a mini-aquarium, then taking care of him is even easier:
- the air supply is not needed, the fish will breathe atmospheric air as much as it needs, taking it from the surface;
- no light is needed either, cockerels live well without him;
- Do not be afraid of the appearance of foam, because it is a sure sign that the cockerel has settled down and even began to build a nest;
- Want to see the fry, without changing the aquarium, pick up a larger container for breeding.
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Breeding cockerels - not an easy task, but quite doable. You need to know a few rules to see rooster fry.
Aquarium cockerels reach sexual maturity at the age of 3-4 months. During this period, reproduction becomes possible. In order to get healthy offspring, both the female and the male should not have diseases.Therefore, if the condition of the fish is in doubt, do not select it for placement in a separate aquarium.
Tip: Breeding will be successful, and the offspring will be more viable if before spawning to actively include moth females in the diet. How does this affect the breeding of cockerels? The fact is that the crank contains nutrients, thanks to which the eggs soften. And soft eggs will more easily go out of the abdomen. But do not overdo it, if you give moth large portions, then the water becomes cloudy at times faster.
For spawning aquarium cockerels need to be transplanted into another aquarium, and its capacity should be not less than 7 liters.
Advice: It is important that the female has the opportunity to hide from the male in the new aquarium: for this, plants (Javanese moss, Anubiasas) are placed in the tank, grottoes are made. This is done to ensure that the male, who at this time becomes overly aggressive, does not attack the female continuer of the genus. To prevent possible clashes, you can first introduce the male and female. How to do it? Place the fish in transparent containers that should be located opposite each other. Fishes will see each other, and hostility will evaporate. Breeding will be better.
Male males are not only aggressive, but also active: reproduction, as a rule, is taken under control. They collect small algae in order to build a nest, collect eggs during the spawn, hide them in the nest. Moreover, after the breeding is over, the spawn has passed, the male even drives off the female and protects the eggs, carefully and attentively. The male protects each fry, if the little cock swims away from the nest, the father will certainly return the fry back.
It is precisely because of such activity of the male cockerel immediately after spawning, when the breeding is over, that the female should be removed. If you do not, then the war can not be avoided. But the male rooster can not always protect the fry. How much should you keep it with the fry? After that, when all the little cockerels hatch, the male is sent to a common aquarium.
Tip: If everything is done according to the rules, and breeding does not occur, then spawning can be stimulated: change the water, it is not essential to increase the water temperature by 3 degrees.
In general, follow the rules, and breeding will be possible even at home!
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Compatibility of roosters with other fish
It is important to know with whom the fish gets on, and with whom the aquarium cockerels live poorly. As noted, the behavior of the fish is peculiar, they live well and alone, and therefore are particularly demanding on their neighbors.
Aquarian males do not get along with the following fish (compatible non-existent): makropody, discus, tsihlazomy chernopolosaya, Akari julidochromis, tetraodon, tilapia, kupanus, Astronotus, various types melanohromis, ktenopoma, pseudotropheus, parrot, julidochromis, piranha, lineatus and other fish .
But able to live in one aquarium and even friends with these fish: Algae, neon Donaciinae, platies, befortiya, Ancistrus, akantoftalmus, mollies black swordsman, gourami nagging, ornatus, ototsinklyus, pulhripinnis, Minor (all kinds), rasbora, rubrostigma, ternets, congos, botsia, brocade catfish, tarakatum, oturisom, platydoras, loricaria, siamese gastromizon, speckled catfish, other fish.
There are also some species of fish with which males often get along, but there may be fights or ragged fins. And these are guppies, neon, danios, macrognatus, labo, cardinal, lyalius, all types of scalar, ctenobrikon, spotted gouramis, barbs, gourami marble, pearl gouram and other fish. The compatibility of the males with them is not rated very high. And in general, it is better not to put cockerels with them in one aquarium.
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To the fish did not hurt
Caring for cockerels involves the prevention of diseases and injuries. The cockerel is a fighting fish, and therefore often remains without fins. But this is not a sign of a disease, but of a recent skirmish. There is no need to isolate the fish or try to treat it: it is enough to feed it correctly so that the regeneration process proceeds quickly.
If there are signs indicating a disease, then the fish should be planted out of the general aquarium. And in a quarantine aquarium you need to start its treatment.
Quite often, the fish may feel bad because of dirty or not fresh water, and therefore do not forget to change it.
Now you know what the life span of a rooster is, what to feed him, how much food to give, what kind of care he needs, whether they get along with other species in the aquarium and other useful information. One thing remains - to put everything into practice. The behavior of the fish can not be called perfect, but the more interesting to watch it. In general, good luck!
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Cockerel fish - handsome aquarium care spawning content photo video.
The cockerel is also called his fighting fish, and this characteristic was deservedly received. Juicy causing coloring and cocky temper make this aquarian inhabitant a no less pugnacious bird - a fighting cock. If two fishes - males - have to divide one territory, the fight will not be avoided. Each of them will strive to prove his superiority to the opponent. Sometimes you have to really separate the fish, otherwise only rags will remain from the air tails and fins!
Maintenance and care of cockerels
Since these fish are labyrinths, they have little need for water quality. Therefore, you do not need numerous aeration systems or filters. The temperature of the aquatic environment should be from 24 to 28 degrees, however, representatives of this species can tolerate and decrease to 17 degrees. Optimum hardness - 4.0-15.0, acidity - 6.0-7.5. 3-4 pounds of water should fall into one individual. The comforters are omnivorous, they can eat frozen, dry or live food.
Preferred last species - daphnia, tubers, bloodworm or cyclops. You can not overfeed the fish, in time remove not eaten feed. With regard to the livability of the fish, the cockerels can be kept together with the termination, speckled catfish, befort, seaweed, antsistrus, swordsman, brocade catfish, tarakatum, loricacia. It is not advisable to keep with guppies, discus, cichlomas, astronotus, piranhas, telepia and others.
How to distinguish the female from the male? It is believed that females are smaller than males and are inferior to them in the brightness of their color and fin finishes. However, do not focus only on these signs. With high-quality nutrition and proper care, female cockerels may not lag behind the males in size. And in the spawning period they are distinguished by no less aggressiveness.
Puberty cockerels reach half a year. At this time, the males occupy a certain territory, often near the islands of floating plants or in a corner, and begin to make foam nests. The male builds his house from the air.
A tireless builder all the time checks the nest for durability, arranging destroyed and scattered fragments, catches up another air laying. Cockerels - males scare competitors and actively flirt with the female, inviting her to see the future breeding ground. During spawning, the males are transformed, their color becomes much brighter
Under the nest, the male embraces the female, encircling her body. After spawning, the cockerel does not throw eggs to the mercy of fate, but gently collects them from the surface or from the bottom and places them in the center of the nest. The female lays 200-300 eggs. A week later, the hatched fry will spread around the aquarium in search of food. The male is still 2-3 days guarding their offspring.
Due to the fact that the cockerel is a fighting fish, in opposition to other relatives, it can tear its fins, but this does not mean that the fish are sick, so you should not grab different medicines and pour them alternately into the water. It is possible to determine the disease according to the behavior of the fish, especially if it changes gradually.
If cockerel aquarium fish are sick, their reproduction is not possible, as individuals will simply not be able to perform their natural function. A sick individual should immediately be removed from the general aquarium so that others do not get sick and only in the quarantine water space the caught individual should be treated.
It is worth remembering that sometimes the treatment does not require expensive medicines for a thousand diseases, but only pure water and compliance with all its parameters, so you should never panic.
As a spawner, it is better to take an aquarium with a volume of 15 liters, pour 10 liters of water into it, be sure to cover it with a lid - cockerels jump well. There should be a shelter for the female, I personally use ceramic snags, floating plants - I usually have pistes, you can add a few branches of a nayas or a hornpole. We put a heater in the spawner - the temperature should be about 26 degrees. Almond leaves can be placed in a spawner, for example, it is one of the spawning stimulants.
Then you plant a male there - usually he builds a nest right away. The next day we plant a female with him. Warning - the female should be plump, with caviar. In spawning fish do not feed! Usually after 3 - 24 hours spawning begins, in the process the male "embraces" the female and "squeezes" the eggs from her, at the same time fertilizing her.
After he releases the female, at this moment she is relaxed and in the same position almost goes to the bottom. The male is brightly colored while the female, on the contrary, turns pale. In dark colored females, dark longitudinal stripes may appear on the body. The male collects falling eggs (they are sinking, white) into the nest and again "squeezes" the female, usually until the calf remains in it.
Further, the female hides, as the male begins to drive her away from the nest, because the female can eat caviar. But it also happens that the female helps the male to collect eggs in the nest. After spawning, the female should be deposited.
At this stage, you need to again prepare food for fry, again, preferably alive - Nauplii Artemia. Artemia eggs can be purchased at the pet store or at the bird. I usually take a two-liter bottle of cola, pour на water there, put a teaspoon and a half of regular salt and a teaspoon of Artemia eggs, drop the spray from the compressor and put it on the aquarium rack, after a day the artemia is removed, the nebulizer is turned off to collect, the crustaceans accumulate in bottom, and they are sucked in with a hose from the compressor. It is better to put 2 bottles with a difference of 2 days, then you will always have nauplius for feeding.
Care for offspring:
Next, the male takes care of the nest - he eats dead eggs, heaves the nest. It is not necessary to feed him at this time, the water should not be changed either. After a day, the larvae begin to hatch.
At first they hang in the nest, the male continues to care for them, after a day the yolk sac usually dissolves and they begin to swim horizontally - at this moment the male must be transplanted and the compressor turned on. At the same time, the first feeding is done - we feed with an infusoria, if it is not there, then it is possible to feed like Sera micron, I do not recommend boiled egg yolk or boiled liver - they spoil the water.
It is necessary to feed so that there will always be food in the aquarium. Water change is not necessary. Gradually, during the week, reduce the temperature in the aquarium to room temperature. Day after 3 - 4 fry begins to take Artemia nauplius, but we don’t stop feeding with ciliates as well - smaller fry still eat it. If there is no artemia, it is possible to feed and decapsulated with artemia and dry food like Sera micropan.
In a week - one and a half, you can offer frozen microplankton to fry, later - cyclop, sliced tubule. As soon as the fry begin to take artemia, you can gradually raise the water level, and later replace the water. If you feed dry food - every day, if alive - can be less. When the fry reach the size of 1 cm, if you want to grow more fish, the young need to be sorted into different aquariums, otherwise the larger fry will eat smaller ones.
At the same time, it is advisable to transfer the fish to a larger aquarium so that they do not hesitate. When the fishes begin to be determined by the floor and the fight needs to be seated males in separate tanks, it is better to feed the fish in them with live food.
By the age of three months, males are usually painted completely, with some exceptions, the males begin to train in nesting, and they can be planted for spawning in months 4 - 5.
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How to feed cockerel fish?
It is necessary to feed the males once a day, preferably with bloodworms, giving each one or two worms. Once every three days for the prevention of them is useful to give a medical feed.
You can keep cockerels in an aquarium of any capacity. Labyrinth apparatus allows the fish to feel great even with the lack of oxygen in the water. Usually, young males are quite mobile and keep swimming around the aquarium looking for food. But at this time, the males do not demonstrate all the beauty of their fins. Fish dissolves them only with irritation. For this, it is enough to plant a female in an aquarium. The same effect is achieved if the mirror is lowered into the water. The male, seeing his image, takes a threatening position and begins to lash out at him. Often, such experiments should be repeated on, as the fish are very tired.
The temperature of the water for keeping cockerels should be below 20 degrees, the optimum temperature of 22-24 degrees. To the hardness and acidity of water cockerel undemanding. Darker ground is more necessary for brighter coloring of cockerels than an increase in water temperature. Special attention should be paid to the lighting of the aquarium. Only with properly selected lighting can you appreciate the beauty of the color of these fish. They look most spectacular when illuminated by the viewer or in side illumination, worse - when illuminated from above and very bad - when an aquarium is installed by the window when you have to look at the fish against the light. With too much light, the fish discolor and become faded.
The aquarium with cockerels can be planted with any thermophilic plants. But when keeping a large number of cockerels, planting of small-leaved plants such as kabomba and myrofillum should be avoided, giving preference to large-leaved plants that are easier to wash.
For breeding males it is necessary to pick up a young couple at the age of four to eight months, and the male should be slightly larger than the female or at least of the same size. Males of various colors are perfectly crossed and give mixed offspring, among which there will be fishes in both the color of the female and the male, and in addition, the fishes of mixed colors with different shades and transitions. Spawning can occur at any time of the year. Before spawning, the male and female are seated in different aquariums. The water temperature in them should be 2 degrees higher than in the general aquarium. After jigging, the male and female should be fed with live food, preferably with bloodworms and a pipe worker, for one to two weeks. During this period, it is also useful to give them an enkhitreya.
Spawning process continues for several hours. At the end of spawning, the male drives the female away from the nest, and she hides in plants. During this period, the female should be deposited. At the same time, a few drops of tripoflavin solution should be added to the water in order to protect the eggs from rotting.
The fry first hang on the plants and glasses of the aquarium, and then begin to swim in search of food. At this time, you should begin to give the fusions ciliates or dust. Food: should be given often, but in small portions, so that it immediately eats. After five to seven days, except for dust and ciliates, you can begin to give a microworm. After ten or twelve days, the fry begin to feed the Cyclops. Fry grow unevenly, therefore, exclude from the diet small food in the transition to a larger one should not be.