Clown fish at home
You have decided to visit the aquarium. A long walk and admired all sorts of outlandish sea and ocean inhabitants. And in one of the rooms in front of your eyes appeared a clown fish in the aquarium. You are fascinated and returned home with a desire to purchase to himself such an unusual pet. And have you thought how to care for this fish, it is necessary to ensure proper living conditions? Today we will examine this issue.
Clown fish: from ocean to aquarium
First, go to the store aquariums. The natural habitat of the clownfish, the ocean, where she was accustomed to open spaces. And, therefore, the aquarium should be very large. Selecting the appropriate volume, you need to consider how many individuals you want to have. Remember that clown fish in nature do not live in groups and to settle dozens of them in one aquarium as guppies or mollies, it is impossible. In it, they always have to live or singly, or one (I stress one!) couple. One individual required a 25-30 gallon tank. And for a pair of perfect 70-liter. It might surprise you there is some difference in the ratio, but keep in mind the likelihood of the Pets offspring, which in the first weeks of life will have to live with their parents. And also need a place to live adult fish-clowns. The water in the aquarium should be well publicized and have a temperature of 25-27 C you need each day to filter and change.
If you think that the ocean clown fish live among the rocks in the aquarium can do a couple of small stone "castles", you are sorely mistaken on both counts. Of course, such a dwelling if you wish, you can put, well, these Pets will live in them with great reluctance. After all, the ocean their usual house — sea anemone, or sea anemones. The coexistence of them and fishes-clowns — unique in its kind. Because sea anemone is a predator feeding on small fishes, inflicting fatal burns. However, clown fish after "Dating" tentacle anemone by touching them with fins on the body produces a special mucus, further protecting against these stinging cells of coelenterates and allow them to swim in an empty space formed by the wall of tentacles. This is a great refuge — no enemy will dare to even come close to the sea anemone, knowing how it will end. "In gratitude" for protecting the clown fish regularly cleans their tentacles from the remnants of food. Here is an unusual symbiosis.
Clown fish: friends and enemies
But back to the aquarium. If you want to settle for such pet its aggressive cousins of other species, but of the same size. Actually, clown fish are very nice and quiet, however if I see somebody of the enemy, then down the drain. They will nibble and bite the poor man until then, until you remove it from the aquarium. So be careful.
Like all living creatures, these Pets need to eat. They are unpretentious and can use any feed for marine fish as dry (as in store) and frozen (e.g. squid, shrimp, etc.). They get used to any food.
Clown fish: who is who?
So, feed the sea anemone and the aquarium is ready, it remains only to buy the very clown fish. Of course, fry. But when they came to the pet store, you discover a strange paradox: all the kids-clowns — boys. Don't be surprised, these fish are born only males, girls will go on to become the largest specimens. So look carefully: do you want a female take the bigger fish, and Vice versa — if the boy is smaller.
These Pets are relatively easy to keep, they are a great choice for a beginner. There is even a toy flying clown fish (photo), which with the great pleasure will accept any child. And still live Pets much better. Take care of your fish, provide them with decent living conditions — and they will delight you with its bold stripes and a wonderful temperament for decades.