Chess Botia is a fairly new representative of aquarium fish. But after only a few years, the popularity of this small fish has increased several times, and now it can be found in many pet stores.
If you look at her from afar, then her elongated torso is the first to be struck in the eyes and her stomach as if absent. In fact, it is just flat. Botsia's head mowed slightly toward the mouth. It also has four pairs of antennae. The latter act as additional organs of touch: it is they that allow you to find the necessary food in water, and also warn against possible danger. The eyes of the fish are large in size relative to the whole body.
Like the whole body of Botsia, the dorsal fin has dark and light spots, alternating with each other. Its shape does not reach a triangle with a right angle. The hind and other fins also have dark and light spots. All this served the name of Botsia chess: in terms of color diversity, it resembles a chessboard.
At home, Botsi can reach ten centimeters in length, while in nature, cases of the appearance of fifteen-centimeter fish have also been recorded. Her character is calm, although a little shy: an unexpected loud sound can seriously affect her. The greatest activity of these fish occurs in the daytime.
Due to the fact that Botsiya chess has a tendency to overeat, fasting days must be present in her diet. Bloodworm is suitable as food for this fish, and it doesn’t matter if it is live or frozen. It can also be fed with a corvette. Be sure to give Bocia plant food: salad leaves, cucumbers or their substitutes. Like many representatives of its species, this fish eats snails.
Maintenance and care
Botsi chess love companies. Therefore, at least 7 pieces are recommended to keep them in one aquarium. But if the flock will consist of a larger number, then all the better. In the case when they still brought one single fish, it will soon begin to show aggression against representatives of the same species. Although not prone to conquering new territory and may remain on vacation in one place. These fish respond to changes in water composition. This state of affairs means that it is only necessary to launch Botsia chess into that aquarium in which other types of fish are already present (if it is not supposed to have only one Botsia). The most acceptable is the aquarium, the work of which has been going on for several months and has managed to form its own little world in it. If we consider the arrangement of the future place of residence itself, then for two or three fish you will need an aquarium of 80 liters. It should be placed various driftwood, small pots, artificial caves and more. It is also necessary to plant several plants, placing them along the wall of the aquarium. Light should not be bright and direct. It should be made distracted, a little muffled. Chess Botia, in search of food, likes to bury herself in the sand, so sand or gravel of small fractions is needed as soil for the aquarium. This fish is quite finicky. It is susceptible to the disease of ichthyophthyroidism. Due to the fact that Botsiya has thin scales, the fish reacts sharply to various drugs added to the aquarium. True, if those are not specifically intended for this type. In addition, it is recommended to first defend new water, and only then fill it.
In captivity, raising these fish is not an easy process. Only one case of spawning has been recorded in a private aquarium. For sale, such fish are bred using hormones.