Platypus reproduction and content
In every house where a child, sooner or later they start talking about Pets. Kid several times a day asks parents the bird, then doggie, then the kitty... He wants to care and watch over someone, feed your pet, play with it and take it for a walk, to show off a new friend in front of friends. But what if the apartment is too small for the dog to cat fur Allergy dad and mom just can't stand high-pitched sounds made by a parrot?
A great way is to get an aquarium! The trouble with fish at least, and aesthetic enjoyment the whole family will get the maximum! Besides, these tropical creatures can be admired forever. A contemplation of the underwater world home is soothing, gives peace of mind and has a beneficial effect on the psyche.
Plus the aquarium will make a juicy touch to the decor of a room and its inhabitants will look after your child, so getting used to the discipline and responsibility. The more that modern "house" for fish can look like anything! Aquarium you can easily fit it harmoniously into the overall style of the nursery. Definitely take your baby along to the store, let him, as an adult, will help you choose a tank of the desired shape and size, will provide for his tenants. In addition to fish can be purchased unhurried snails, various algae, and all sorts of paraphernalia — decorative locks and gracefully coiled shells. As for the choice of Pets, it is better to start with the unpretentious species of fishes, such as guppies, mollies, Danio, barbs, neons...
For more effete skalyariy, funny shrimp, and slow telescopes, if you want, come back later. Explain to your child that first you need to learn to deal with the more simple fish. Of course, in any case, it is necessary to consult the seller. He will see to it that in the same "house" was not predatory and peaceful fish
Certainly on the list of proposed inhabitants will be fish and swordtail.
These undemanding fish (often bright red or black) with a nice sharp tails ideal as a first pet for your kid. First, they do not need special conditions, secondly, easy to get along with other fish species, and third, are viviparous. Breeding swordtails in the aquarium, can be said to occur almost by itself. And imagine how much joy will have the child when he will see the first fry that will grow in front of him!
Breeding aquarium fish
So the choice is made – the sword. Their reproduction – the process is fairly simple. Fish reach sexual maturity at 6-8 months of age. The female swordsman of a larger, male smaller, but only he has the famous long tail in the form of a sword, for which, in fact, this species got its name. Therefore, to differentiate between them and understand how the aquarium "boys" and "girls," is not difficult. Better to females was more than males. There is another detail: if males are only two, they may behave aggressively towards each other and often fight.
Therefore, let it be either one, or four or more – then their attention is sprayed, and fish-the sword will behave much calmer. Keep in mind this caveat when buying them.
Tips about maintenance and breeding
To get offspring, you need to maintain a stable water temperature monitor, so worked well the filter was shaded areas with algae, where I can hide the fry. Preferably, the plants were different — those that are planted in the ground, and those that float on the surface (duckweed, riccia, piste).
About once a week or as evaporation, carefully fill the aquarium with a certain amount of clean water. Only, God forbid, not from the tap!
First, she needs to rest for at least three days, and then this water can be used. Of course, now the bounden duty of a child — time to feed the fish. Platypus eat mainly live food such as bloodworms, Tubifex, Daphnia or Cyclops. However, they do not disdain and combined types of food, and crushed oatmeal, and can and seaweed to nibble.
Aquarium fish-the sword is not lost, even if you decide to leave them for a week, for example, to go on vacation in the village. They may be able to find food on the bottom of the aquarium and its walls, among stones and on plants. But this does not mean that they can provide to themselves, not looking in the aquarium for 2-3 weeks.
Especially keeping the fish
When in the "fish house" established biological balance, get used to each other the sword, their reproduction will take place without outside interference. One day the child will notice that one or even several females noticeably "rounder", have become more paunchy and slow. Explain to him that soon fish will have babies. That's the joy it will be!
Pregnancy lasts about a month and a half, and after this time, the light appears a flock of fry. They may be like 15-20 pieces, and much more, sometimes the number comes right up to a hundred. It is a fully formed fish, only small and translucent. They themselves swim, eat, have the instinct of self – preservation, hiding in the branches of the algae, swim under a decorative decoration. However, if you want to keep all the fry, first they should create special conditions. So, the pregnant female just before birth it is better to move further from other inhabitants of the underwater world.
For this purpose, suitable small aquarium or even a simple glass liter bottle, washed up with baking soda. There need to pour a portion of the settled water and some of the water from the fish tank, put a couple of plants. It is desirable that the algae were small and both types of dirt, and floating, then a newborn will be easier for them to hide. Let the child carefully, special nets will catch the future mother and quickly run into temporary housing prepared.
After the offspring safely born, the female need to be returned back to the aquarium, because their sharp teeth it is capable to destroy the unwary fry. Newborns to feed better Cyclops and Daphnia. When fish in the pot is a little older, they can be hooked to the rest of the relatives.
An interesting feature
Such fish as swordtails, breeding under favorable conditions – stable water temperature, good lighting, live feed – can occur every month. Fry quickly transformed into Mature individuals. So, in 3-4 months the males will have a tail-sword, and after a couple of months in the aquarium will float a full-fledged adult dragon. Breeding fish will start the new... However, if pregnant females are not resettled in another capacity, will act a law of nature, like natural selection, in which not all will survive the fry, and only the dexterous and nimble.
A small conclusion
Here they are unpretentious, fish-swordtails. Their reproduction, as you already understood, hardly needs any correction, and if you give them the will, the inhabitants of your underwater world will thrive to such an extent that the fry will bestow all your friends and family. We wish you success in breeding!