The earliest laliuses were brought to Europe from Indian reservoirs. The largest quantities are concentrated in the waters of Assam and Bengal. Not rarely found in the waters of Indonesia and Bangladesh. These fish live in polluted waters and in swamps of rice fields. The unique breathing apparatus of this family allows you to breathe the air of the atmosphere. In the wild, this species reaches 5-6 centimeters.
Lyalius belongs to the labyrinth fish family. In shape, it resembles an ellipse on which elongated dorsal and anal fins are located. Abdominal fins, which look like filaments, differ from ordinary ones. This structural feature is justified by the fact that due to the sensitivity of the fin, it can be considered the organ of touch. This happened due to muddy water in the fish habitat.
The original coloring of the body of the fish. Most representatives alternate between reddish and blue transverse stripes. Today, a huge number of colors appeared, thanks to the efforts of breeders. The most valuable for aquarists is red lalius. Unfortunately for the breeders, the fish breeds poorly in captivity, so most colors can only be seen on wild fish.
Despite careful care, Lalius lives in aquariums for no more than 3 years. The stunning beauty of all individuals is not often found in modern aquariums. This is due to the fact that the stunningly beautiful males are aggressive towards each other and are keenly conquering their territory, making the opponent fatal.
Nuances of keeping fish
It is noteworthy that you can keep fish in small aquariums. For a couple, 10-20 liters will be enough. This is due to the fact that in the natural nature there are a lot of them and they live in small territories. The problem is that you cannot keep two males in the aquarium for less than 60 liters, so if you plan to have at least a small flock, look for a larger pond.
In large aquariums, pay due attention to the abundance of greenery and shelters. Males are able to drive another, guarding their territory. Battles between them can lead to severe damage or death of one of the fish. Pay attention to the number of females; there should be several times more of them than males. Despite this, the aquarium fish Lalius easily gets along with other breeds of equal size. Pick up peaceful neighbors, the content of which is very similar to Laliuses.
- Temperature is from 23 to 29 degrees;
- Acidity and hardness do not matter;
- Bright lighting;
- The presence of plants and shelters.
Be sure to include a cover in the kit with the aquarium. You need to buy it so that the cold air does not come into contact with water. Since lalius is able to inhale atmospheric air, the incoming cold can adversely affect the health of the inhabitants. Characteristic diseases for this breed do not exist, the only difference is weak immunity to colds, therefore a good content, proper nutrition and limitation of cold air are necessary.
Live feed is ideal for feeding. If one could not be found, then for some time Lalius can be kept on dry or canned food, however, do not get carried away with such experiments.
If you buy fish from an unknown breeder, then quarantine a new individual, where you carefully monitor the condition of the fish and water. Due to the fact that it is difficult to breed in captivity, many specimens are brought from the reservoirs of India, along with a bunch of diseases that can destroy the entire aquarium.
It is not easy to distinguish a male from a female. The aquarium male is slightly larger and has a brighter color. Some species can be distinguished by elongated fins, in the male they are longer than in the girlfriend. Aquarium lalius can reproduce in a common aquarium, only in this case, the chances of survival of the offspring are reduced to zero.
To get the long-awaited young growth, it is necessary to prepare a spawning ground:
- Volume from 12 to 20 liters;
- Thickness of water is 12-15 centimeters;
- The temperature is from 2 to 5 degrees higher than in general;
- Glass is required.
Place floating plants in the spawning ground, on which the male piles up a nest of air bubbles. An interesting feature, the nest of lalius is much higher than that of other representatives of the labyrinth. Continue caring for the fish in the same schedule as the shared pond. If you want to increase the chances of successful spawning, a week before jailing in the spawning ground, settle the fish in different aquariums. The pre-breeding period should be ideal, feed the fish with live food and brightly highlight it.
A week later, the female is fully prepared for throwing eggs and swims to the nest. One female is capable of sweeping several hundred eggs in one day. After the female has stopped throwing eggs, it must be removed, leaving the male for the older one. It is removed after the first tadpoles appear.
Care of fry does not differ from young individuals of all labyrinths. As the main food, use:
- live dust;
- industrial feed.
The best way to use live food. On it fry grow faster and have a pronounced color. After two weeks, increase the feed size. Since the time of appearance of fry is very different - this affects their size. A strong difference is fraught with devouring large smaller ones. If possible, transplant them into different bodies of water, depending on size. You can notice the characteristic color after two months. First males gain color, and only then females. By half a year, laliuses become sexually mature individuals.