Honey gourami for your aquarium
The honey gourami is movable colorful fish, different endurance and peace-loving character. This is the youngest member of his "clan", but the most striking. Habitat gourami are Bangladesh and India.
These fish are flattened from the sides of the body oval inhabit ponds and lakes, rivers and even water flooded fields. They love the ponds with thick vegetation, with no or slow streams with soft water. The color of the males are brighter than females.
Body of male fish gourami nature painted in yellow-brown shades, especially vivid during spawning. At this time their color becomes orange-red or brown-honey that gave rise to the name of the fish. The entire length of the body is oblique and wide blue-black stripe. The dorsal fin is rimmed by a yellow stripe. The ventral rays of the fins are orange or red shades. Found in nature gourami red color is the result of crossing the Colosseum labios and honey gourami.
This peace girl is very shy. At the first sign of danger finds shelter in the dense vegetation. Gets on well with other quiet and small representatives of the water element. Most of the time honey gourami spends in the upper and middle strata of water.
The aquarium takes 50 liters or more based on two pairs of individuals. It should be a place where no living vegetation. The soil is better to take dark, and the lighting to make weak. Fish gourami can breathe atmospheric air, therefore it should always be warm. This aquarium cover. The presence of filtration, aeration, replacement of most of the water once a week — mandatory. Temperature — from 22 to 28 degrees.
Gourami are small, so prefer to eat small bloodworms, Daphnia, dry mosquitoes and insect larvae. You can use the flakes with vegetable ingredients as supplements.
Multiply gourami is not easy, young individuals are often sick and infected with parasites. For the pair to spawn is enough for a small aquarium, 10 gallons. But in the General aquarium spawning is possible. Fry to save work less, but for females it is useful. In the spawning ground should be sufficient vegetation and fresh water. Mandatory floating algae (e.g., duckweed). The male makes the nest and begin to spawn. Fecundity of 300 eggs or less. When it's done, remove the female from the aquarium.
About two days the male cares for the eggs, then the larvae hatch. Now the male was removed from the aquarium. The water level left in the region of 5-10 cm, and begin to feed the fry. The baby food consists of insects, you can give egg yolk. After two weeks of life in the diet are added rotifers and copepods nauplii. Sexual maturity comes at the fry at the age of six months.
Honey gourami: neighbors
A good neighborhood will work with the neon Tetra, Danio hopera, Rasbora, cardinals, guppies, glass catfish, large shrimp, barbs, rainbowfishes. As you can see, the aquarium will turn very beautiful colors and a variety of population types.