Aquarium fish cichlids, content, photo
Among the variety of inhabitants of home waters were almost the most vivid and interesting to observe the aquarium fish are cichlids (the photos listed in the article). Just be warned: they are not as easy to care for and in content, so the novice fish breeder with no experience and relevant skills, have a hard time. Failure to comply with certain rules causes illness and often death of Pets – but they're not cheap.
The nature of your Pets
Among all aquatic Pets aquarium fish cichlids are considered the most intelligent. It has long been noted that they are able to remember and recognize the owner. If he managed to win the trust of fish swim up to the glass to say 'Hello', and indeed their behavior becomes more lively. Cichlids communicate among themselves using some of the sounds and variety of movements. That is why they do not coexist not only with other species but also with other people, other races – signs, which are one fish that can be misunderstood another in their "language" they carry a different meaning.
Aquarium fish cichlids belong to a pack, so without a large "house" is not enough. In addition, for family life, they form stable pairs that remain together throughout life.
When offspring cichlids exhibit extremely caring parents, and many kinds of protecting the offspring and the father and mother. There are types that use the incubator's own mouth. Even the already hatched fry often hide in danger. Certain species of cichlids take care of the young the whole flock, and very severely. Some young fish, inexperienced ate their eggs, expelled the remaining individuals for this offense. Famous cases where the guilty mother deposited for a few months, but after that the pack ago she was not accepted.
It is widely believed that predatory aquarium fish cichlids are not able to coexist in the same space with other species and with each other fight almost to the death. In some ways it is true, something is a fallacy. Aquarium fish cichlids differ a distinct territoriality and Stanescu. While they are young, they are indifferent to those around them. But, as adults, they form a narrow circle of friends, secured for him the territory and more it will not let anyone – even relatives. That is cichlids that grew from eggs in a tank with others, even small fish will ignore them. But if in the adult, formed a pack to plant a stranger – he'll be hunted until the stranger is deposited is not the owner or they would kill him. Even herbivorous cichlids (and there are such) in respect of its territory are characterized by high aggressiveness, often more than predators. So very often, when the fry grow up, they are to puberty relocated to another aquarium in order to avoid tragedies and dramas.
General rules equipment the glass house
As one of the biggest schooling of the inhabitants of your pond — that aquarium fish cichlids, their content implies a large "pool". It needs to be not less than 100 litres and not at the expense of height – these fish are kept at the bottom or in the middle layer. The main thing in the aquarium – the length and width. The second necessary condition – constant aeration and filtration
The value of the origin when the content of cichlids
The origin of these fish, America and Africa. But even within one country habitat may be very different. Therefore, to determine water parameters necessarily need to know where you purchased your aquarium fish cichlids. And first of all it is necessary to consider the hardness of the water. Most of the inhabitants of the home waters suitable for typical tap water, but for this species it's too soft. And aquarium fish cichlids Malawi generally prefer the increased in 12 units. So on the bottom will have to put a marble in the crumbs or pebbles.
The next problem is the acidity of the water. Aquarium fish cichlids need a neutral environment. You will need to buy a cat tests regularly to control it.
The temperature is maintained in the range of 23-28 degrees. Short-lived lowering of the experience, but not when the aquarium contains fish fry, even 23 degrees can kill them.
And finally, the purity of the water. One filter can't do – at least once a week, a quarter of the volume of the aquarium should be changed.
The details of breeding
As already mentioned, the aquarium fish cichlids form stable pairs. To be able to choose from the beginning in a reservoir housed five pieces of specimens of each sex, eventually they will understand, someone with whom to "hang out". This can be accompanied by fierce battles between males, but this time will have to endure without mutual sympathy fish to breed will not. Those who have not found a mate and did not get along in the pack, Adelaide. For the remaining pairs aquarium is zoned is divided into separate areas though, snags, and in some cases omitted between the possessions of the glass. A sign that the two found each other, will be a joint excavation of pits or cleansing stones.
What to feed?
The bulk aquarium fish cichlids readily eat almost any live food. Well there is the sea fish (take a fillet), beef, squid. Even obvious predators sometimes it is necessary to give fresh greens – dandelion leaves and lettuce. The basis of the diet that feed the aquarium fish cichlids Malawi, is frozen Cyclops and food in the form of flakes.
In drawing up a "menu" you should remember how diverse cichlids, and choose components according to their preferences. Otherwise there is a risk to poison their Pets.