Glass catfish — fish is very distinctive. Not only that, they have an unusual color, or rather lack of it, they do not behave like other catfishes…
In Taurus this remarkable fish has no pigments. Catfish were shining through — see the skeleton and some entrails. Throughout the length of 6-10 cm of the body is a stripe of the ridge, you can see the spikes rib bones — Jolly Roger of your aquarium, night Ghost and a pirate.
Fish really like glass, not alive and it is not clear where her heart and blood.
But it has created mother nature this dwusage Indian glass catfish. Although some incorrectly call it Thai or confused with Malaysian less transparent yellowish glass. But a little adjust you without effort will distinguish the true from its other Indian counterparts, and familiarizing myself already never with anybody will not mix up on the behavior.
Buying glass you should know that to buy these fishes for aquarium decorations is not worth it. Huge probability that their Pets during the day you won’t notice. Glass catfish do not have pigment and as all albinos prefer the night to the day. And even in refracted sunlight muddy rivers of India, Borneo and Java, they behave cautiously. Not to mention transparent vodei bright lighting of the aquarium. So be prepared that the fish in the day time will posnimat all the cracks and loose places under driftwood.
Carefully fill the aquarium decorations and backgrounds. It happens that once in a puffy slit teen can’t get out of there, suffers no traffic and food stops growing. Of course, you can put marbles in free of cover the aquarium. But in this case a high risk to reward fish constant stress.
Alternatively, the glass catfish can be kept in open space water a decent flock of 10 individuals.
15 pieces of catfish would stick together in the middle layer of water, 30 will break into small groups. These fish are so collective that alone wither and experiencing severe anxiety.
A flock of glass catfish
If your tank is fairly quiet places, the greater part of his life sucker will hold there. Of course there were occasions when over time fish were commercialized in the aquarium so that floated to five-minute walks during the day. Stretch, they swam again to rest. But most often to take them by force or to lure out of hiding is impossible, even with the help of food.
It is possible to do after dark. Only in no case do not light bright light. Best to use a pocket flashlight. You will see a surprising picture: in dark water with a flashlight, like the reflection of a Moonbeam from edge to edge of aquarium phosphoramidase torn blue arrows.
Quiet and sneaky in the daytime, at night the fish become real pirates, scurrying around, looking for bait, actively attacking the sinking bloodworm.
If you are concerned that your glass catfish are hungry in the afternoon and not come out of hiding, then you need to learn the simple science of night feedings.
A pair of secrets — and you can delay bloodworm, gammarus kereru or on the surface of the water. This is especially important, because glass catfish are one of the few catfishes that do not take food from the bottom.
Usually, if you keep a flock of fish to hide, such problems with feeding do not arise. According to the experienced holders glass, quiet, peaceful, somewhat lethargic during the day like Wake up fish during feeding, the bullet flying up to the feeders and sweep away the food.
They eat and hopewe, and dry food, but are particularly in need of a live feed.
Sated, catfish return in the middle layer of water and freeze in a slightly elevated position. Fish love the weak, so if you give them that pleasure, they will always turn his head towards the water.
In addition to the easy movement of water the pieces of glass required aeration, or a large number of plants. But by and large it is better to artificially saturate the water, because at night, when catfish are most active and needs oxygen, plants will also consume oxygen.
Free from impurities, soft water (pH 6.5-7.5) is most suitable for this type of fish. Temperature they are not picky, can live constantly in the range of 22-26 degrees, staunchly down to 20C during spawning, cold water will stimulate their spawning. In nature, fish begin to spawn in the rainy season, when the temperature of coastal waters to decrease slightly. In the aquarium the glass catfish breeding is rare. To stimulate spawning, not only recommended a gradual lowering of the temperature of the water changes frequent, but the beginning and imitation rain irrigation aquarium from a watering can. In addition twice lower the water level. Conduct regular substitution twentieth part. The female lays eggs on plants about two hundred eggs, which are incubated for 5-7 days. Important time to isolate parents from the fertilized material.
Unfortunately, the percentage of hatched babies is very low. This explains why pieces of glass had been known as complicated and demanding kgs. But if you are not planning to breed your friends on a massive scale, just good care for them. Provide them with quality food, protect them from fossil meals diseases and parasites, keep track of the composition and temperature of the water. Agree, this is a very common requirement for both of these unusual fish.