How to choose an aquarium for labyrinth fish
Before acquiring their first labyrinth fish, the novice aquarist should consider how to create the most comfortable conditions for them. For this, it is worth remembering exactly where they live. What bodies of water do they prefer? What are these ponds? What are the features of the natural habitat. In search of this information, you can refer to the special literature on breeding aquarium fish, or you can sit a bit on the Internet and get comprehensive information.
So, all the fish come from Southeast Asia. Most reservoirs in this part of the world are characterized by their shallow depth, stagnant or slowly flowing water. As a rule, all of them, without exception, have dense vegetation and rather muddy water, due to the large presence of organic matter in it. The temperature of such water resources is quite high and is in the range of 24-28 ° C. Another feature of such reservoirs is the minimum oxygen content in them.
All these conditions can be called quite Spartan. Not every fish is able to live in such difficult natural conditions. However, due to the presence of a special labyrinth organ in some fish species, life in these waters is still present. This organ allows you to extract oxygen from the water necessary for breathing. He then allowed the labyrinths to survive in such harsh conditions. It is in such reservoirs that the favorites of most aquarists, Petushki and Lyalius, are found.
However, this is not a reason to simulate a natural reservoir in your aquarium, which will contain muddy and dirty water. It is not necessary to create a bottom with a thick layer of mud and silt in order to bring the conditions of keeping pets closer to natural. Along with this, the aquarium should fully satisfy the needs of labyrinth fish and the needs of beginner aquarists.
Aquarium fish, Lyalius and Gurami should feel comfortable enough in it. And outwardly, the aquarium should look aesthetically pleasing.
Choosing an aquarium for labyrinth fish, it is necessary to proceed from the size of its inhabitants. If you plan to keep a small flock of Petushkov in it of four fish in it, then an aquarium of 20 liters will be enough. But the same amount of Gurami will require an aquarium per 100 liters. At the same time, you should know that the capacity should not be high, 30 centimeters will be enough. But in length it can be quite long. This is due to the fact that the water in it will be saturated with atmospheric oxygen.
Given the fact that the fish are quite frisky and jumping, the aquarium should have a coverslip. It shouldn’t be completely closed since, by blocking access to atmospheric oxygen, all labyrinth fish can be destroyed.