Sword-bearers: reproduction and content
In every house where there is a child, sooner or later, talk about pets. The kid several times a day asks the parents for a bird, a dog, a kitten ... He wants to look after and watch someone, feed his pet, play with him and take him out for a walk, show off his new friend to his friends. But what if the apartment is too small for the dog, the cat's coat is allergic to the pope, and my mother just does not tolerate the piercing sounds of the parrot?
An excellent way - to get aquarium! Trouble with fish at least, and the aesthetic pleasure of the whole family will get to the maximum! In addition, these bright tropical creatures can be admired endlessly. Such contemplation of the home underwater world calms, gives peace of mind and has a beneficial effect on the psyche.
Plus, the aquarium will add a juicy touch to the décor of the room, and its occupants will be looked after by your child, thus becoming accustomed to discipline and responsibility. Especially since a modern "house" for fish can look like anything! The aquarium can easily be chosen so that it harmoniously blends into the overall style of the nursery. Be sure to take the kid with him to the pet store, let him, as an adult, help choose a tank of the right shape and size, will find for him tenants. In addition to fish you can buy unhurried snails, a variety of algae, as well as various attributes - decorative locks and gracefully curled shells. As for the choice of pets themselves, it's better to start with unpretentious species of fish, such as guppies, mollies, danios, barbs, neons ...
For more pampered sculleries, fun shrimp and sluggish telescopes, if you want, you will come back later. Explain to the child that you first need to learn how to handle more simple fish. Naturally, in any case, consultation of the seller is necessary. He will make sure that in one "house" there are no predatory and peaceful fish; advise food, soil, jewelry, net; will tell you which compressors, filters and lighting devices are most convenient to use.
Probably in the list of proposed inhabitants it will be a fish and a sword bearer.
These undemanding fish (often bright red or black) with beautiful sharp tails are ideal as the first pets for your baby. First, they do not need special conditions of content; secondly, they easily get along with other species of fish, and thirdly, they are viviparous. Reproduction of the sword-bearers in the aquarium, it can be said, occurs practically in itself. And imagine how much joy the child will have when he sees the first fry that will grow before his eyes!
Reproduction of aquarium fish
So, the choice is made - swordsmen. Reproduction of them is a simple process. Fishes reach puberty at the age of 6-8 months. The female of the sword is larger, the male is smaller, but only he has a famous long tail in the form of a sword, for which, in fact, this species got its name. Therefore, to distinguish them and to understand how many "boys" and "girls" are in the aquarium, it will not be difficult. It is better to have more females than males. There is one more detail: if there are only two males, they can behave aggressively towards each other and often fight.
So let him either be one or four or more - then their attention will be scattered, and the aquarium fish-sword bearers will behave much calmer. Consider this nuance when buying them.
Tips for content and reproduction
To get the offspring, you need to maintain a stable water temperature, watch out for the filter to work well, there were shaded areas where the fry can hide. And it is desirable that the plants were different - and such that they are planted in the ground, and those that float on the surface (duckweed, riccia, pistia).
About once a week or as evaporation should be carefully added to the aquarium a certain amount of clean water. Only, God forbid, not from the tap!
First, it should be settled for at least three days, and only then this water can be used. Of course, henceforth the child's holy duty is to feed the fish in time. Sword swine is eaten mainly by live feed such as bloodworm, tubule, daphnia or cyclops. However, they do not pobrezguyut and combined food, and pounded oatmeal, and can seaweed and pluck.
Aquarium fish-swords will not be lost, even if you decide to leave them for a week, so, for example, to go on vacation to the village. They will be able to find food at the bottom of the aquarium and its walls, among pebbles and plants. But this does not mean that they can be left to themselves without looking at the aquarium for 2-3 weeks.
Features of fish content
When the biological balance is established in the "fish house," the swordsmen will get used to each other, their reproduction will pass without outside intervention. One day the child will simply notice that one or even a few females markedly "rounded", became more paunchy and slower. Explain to him that soon the fish will have babies. There will be joy!
Pregnancy lasts about a month and a half, and after this time a whole flock of fry appears to the world. They can be as many as 15-20 pieces, and much more, sometimes the number reaches as much as a hundred. These are fully formed fish, only small and translucent. They independently swim, eat, possess the instinct of self-preservation - they hide in the algae branches, swim under decorative ornaments. However, if you want to keep all the fry, at first they still need to create special conditions. So, the pregnant female is better to move away from other inhabitants of the underwater world shortly before childbirth.
For this purpose, a small aquarium or even a regular glass liter pot, washed with baking soda, is suitable. There you need to pour some of the water and some of the water from the aquarium, plant a couple of plants. It is desirable that algae be small-leaved and both species - ground and floating, then it will be easier for newborns to hide in them. Let the child carefully, with a special net, catch the future mother and quickly launch into a prepared temporary dwelling.
After the offspring are safely born, the female must be returned to the aquarium, because with her sharp teeth it is capable of destroying incautious fry. Feed the newborn better Cyclops and Daphnia. When the fish in the bank grow a little, they can be populated with other relatives.
An interesting feature
In fish such as swordfish, reproduction under favorable conditions - stable water temperature, good lighting, live food - can occur every month. Fry quickly turn into sexually mature individuals. So, already in 3-4 months the males will acquire a tail-sword, and in a couple of months the full-grown adult swordsmen will swim in the aquarium. Reproduction of fish will begin on a new ... However, if pregnant females are not moved to another capacity, such a law of nature as natural selection will operate, during which not all the fry survive, but only the most deft and brisk ones.
A small conclusion
Here they are unpretentious, swordfish. Reproduction of them, as you have already understood, practically does not need any correction, and if you give them freedom, the inhabitants of your underwater world will breed to such an extent that you can give all the friends and relatives a fry. We wish success in their breeding!