Labeo two-tone in your aquarium
Labeo two-color - a popular among aquarists fish of the family carp. In nature, it lives in fresh water bodies of Africa, South-East and South Asia. Prefers shallow overgrown with aquatic plants rivers, streams and flowing lakes.
Labeo two-color - a fairly large fish, in captivity growing to 20 cm in length. Her body is elongated, slender, the back is curved. Head is cylindrical, small. Lower mouth. There are 2 pairs of sensitive tendrils. The body of the fish has a dark blue color. In the same color painted all the fins, except the tail, which is bright red. At night, as well as with stress, the labeo become pale, sometimes almost white.
Fishes are mobile, active, sometimes even aggressive. The middle and lower layers occupy the pond. Protect the territory, attacking other inhabitants of the aquarium, especially those with a reddish color. There are frequent manifestations of intraspecific aggression, the result of which are skirmishes and quarrels. In a flock, a clear hierarchy is formed, while the leader easily appears on foreign territory, but does not let anyone into his own. Particularly goes to peaceful large fishes like the scalars, which can unintentionally disturb the Labeo.
Compatibility is very important when keeping these fish. When choosing neighbors Labeo need to study their character and way of life well in order to avoid the sad consequences. Representatives of other active, moderately aggressive species will best survive with them. These are Sumatran and Bream-like barbs, gouramis (golden, marble, blue), macro-pops, and shark.
In the aquarium, where the two-color labe lives, there must be a lot of aquatic plants, including large-leaved ones (such as echinodorus), snags, labyrinths, caves and stones. In these shelters, more peaceful and weak individuals will be able to escape from aggressive neighbors. Individual shelters should be organized so that the fish settled in them can not see each other. It is important that in an artificial reservoir there is enough space for all its inhabitants, since closeness generates quarrels. Ideally, 80 liters of water are needed for one Labo.
Aquarium fish Labeo prefer dark soil and low scattered light. The water parameters are as follows: pH 6.5-7.5, hardness 5-15 °, temperature 23-27 ° С. It will require aeration, filtration, substitution of approximately 20% of the water volume weekly.
Labeo bicoloured eagerly eats as a living (coretra, bloodworm, small gammarus, tubule) and vegetable food, and artificial mixtures. If the algae grows on the walls of the aquarium, the fish will be happy to clean them up. You can also periodically put in water a sheet of glass, covered with algae - this will be a treat for the Labeo.
Breeding of these fish is a difficult process because of the small number of males in the litters and the need for bulky reservoirs for spawning. Labeo reach puberty in 1-1.5 years. For reproduction, you need an aquarium with a capacity of 500 liters with many shelters, thickets of plants and muted light. For one female, there are ideally two males. 2 weeks before spawning, they begin to feed daphnia, cyclops, moth, tuber, frozen spinach and scalded lettuce leaves. Keep them at the same time separately. The productivity of the female of the two-color Labeo is up to 1000 eggs. Up to 50% of fry perishes in the first 2 weeks of life, but with other difficulties, as a rule, does not arise.