Catfish-Remora in the aquarium: types, what to feed
There are fish, interesting in both appearance and their behavior. Among them are catfish-Remora, also called catfish-antitrus. These funny creatures have a round face-sucker. They use it from the walls of the aquarium clean of algae, which the fish and serve food.
Catfish-the Remora is a fish that cannot be confused with any other species. Except for the mouth-sucker, they have other characteristic features:
- large head
- front slightly flattened teardrop-shaped torso
- bone broad plate instead of the usual scales
- large dorsal fin in the shape of the sail, which is all the time pressed to the calf
- at the ends of the fins of the spikes.
Such fish coloring mostly vary from light grey to black individuals. Sometimes there are yellow catfish-Remora. You can also see albino with yellowish ill-defined patches.
Experts identify several species of catfish, and each of them has its own characteristics. Let us consider them in the article below.
This kind of stick was developed in Germany in the artificial conditions. They have a color close to red or orange. Due to the artificial appearance of this they have a very high price. Experts believe the latest variation of the common catfish-Remora, because the internal structure of this fish from most of the other relatives no different.
Catfish-the Remora is very often pale, thus becoming albinos. They are isolated in separate species. Periodically, these fish become Golden colour, thus taking a truly fascinating and magical look. They have become popular among real connoisseurs, considered exotic and a wonderful addition to the aquarium.
This representative of catfish native to the Amazon. It has dark brown or black color. Large white spots gradually turn brown and white edged fins on his back is a pale little dots with a frame of dark shades. Females are larger and lighter than males. The males face at the age of 10 months are beginning to emerge leathery growths.
These catfish-Remora was discovered in Brazil, as the name received in honor of R. Claro. Length calf fish is about 8 cm Such a busybody from other types of different color – it varies from gray to black. While the darker shade dilutes the large white speck. He, unlike the lazy relatives that are active during the day.
Before you get a fish, you need to know what to feed catfish-Remora. He will approach the delicate green seaweed, which are very often covered with glass aquariums. You can also make the dressing: boiled cabbage leaves, nettle, salad. Catfish feed best in the evening when the light is turned off, and the rest of the fish go to sleep. The ancistrus retain their activity for quite some time, crawling through the bottom of the aquarium and finding the sludge worm or bloodworm thrown to them. You can also use the granules that quickly reach the bottom, and then get specifically to those fish.
They can adapt easily to living in any water. The size of catfish depends on the size of the aquarium. So, how does it larger and larger, the more age will become a fish. But mostly, they pick up the aquariums, whose volume of 100 liters and more.
Catfish usually day not active and "alive" at night or when the pressure changes in the atmosphere. Therefore, they need to at the aquarium was a rich filling of caves, shelters a variety of plants, stones. Catfish-Remora usually in the tank is immediately the best swimming pools in the hiding and resting.
Diseases of fish associated with the poisoning by chemicals or food of animal origin, as well as gases in the stomach. Although in General they are quite hardy and rarely get sick.
Ancistrus to the first year of life become sexually Mature. To spawn, the fish shelter preferably in the form of tubes, towers, decorative locks, halves of coconut, ceramic flower pot, etc.
If there is no cover, eggs can defer at any point of the aquarium. Catfish it is advisable to take not closely related. For example, you can switch with someone females or males. Mature couple spawns in good conditions once every three weeks. The spawning is stimulated by the addition of perfectly softened water. At a temperature of more than 30C spawning usually disappear.
In the aquarium it is important place for spawning tube, preferably ceramic, with a size of 1.5-2 times the length of the male, the width should equal the width of the male breast straightened fin. Socket with one end closed. It should not be through. Can be placed with some suitable options, in this case, the male alone will choose what he likes more. If the socket will be too big, in this case not all the eggs fertilized and the fry will be much less.
The female will lay eggs regularly every two months. If you do not isolate in another tank spawn with daddy catfish, the probability of eating caviar by the female and other fish of almost 100%. About caviar without a male need to install be sure to spray air.
During the courtship period for the eggs the male ancistrus, its shade and fanned his fins, stops eating.
Experienced breeders are actively using the fish-stick as indispensable assistants for the cleaning of the aquarium. The unique structure of the mouth enables the ancistrus to cling tightly to various smooth surfaces. They are crawling on them, carefully scrape various food residues and the greenery of the unicellular algae. In the same way a Remora cleans the soil. Through this activity data of the fish water goes bad much later than usual, thus the allowable interval between cleaning of the aquarium is increased (up to 2-3 weeks).