Striped pike, or striped apoheylus (Aplocheilus lineatus)
Striped aploheilus, or lineatus or striped light-eye, or striped pike (Striped panchax) is a tropical freshwater and brackish-water fish from the family of the apoheilian carps-like squad. Widely distributed in India, the fish is introduced in Sri Lanka, where it is used to control the number of mosquitoes. It lives in streams and reservoirs on hills, plain rivers, lowland rice fields, swamps and other small standing fresh, as well as brackish water bodies under the scorching sun. The striped aploheilus was first brought from eastern Malabar to Germany in 1909.
Area: Africa, South India, North Fr. Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Bombay, Madras.
Habitat: inhabits almost all types of water bodies (streams, rivers, floodplains, swamps, brackish water bodies). He prefers quiet waters overgrown with aquatic vegetation.
Description: body elongated, muzzle slightly upturned, large mouth, flat head. The back of the body is slightly curved due to the dorsal fin strongly shifted backward. The caudal fin is similar to a fan (rounded shape). Anal fin large.
Aquarium: top tightly closed by a lid. To maintain striped apohejluses, an oblong aquarium with a low water level (up to 20 cm) is required.
Dimensions: from 50 l, from 70-90 cm.
Water: dH 4-15 °, pH 6.0-7.5. Aeration and filtration (weak, because fish in nature live in quiet waters).
Priming: a mixture of river sand and gravel (diameter up to 3 mm).
Temperature: 22-25 ° C.
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Feeding: in nature, haplochilus linearus preys on small flying and water insects, preferring to take food from the surface of the water. In captivity, it eats animals (bloodworms, live daphnia, pieces of lean fish and beef, shrimps, mosquito larvae, cut earthworms, enchitreus, tubule, finely chopped beef liver) and artificial feed. Fish is fed twice a day, once a week they arrange a fasting day.
Behavior: with a lack of space, the fish becomes quite aggressive. The desired ratio is one male and several females.
Water zone: the upper layer of water, although it can swim on average.
Can contain with: other species of aploheyluses, small catfish and peaceful cichlids.
Cannot be kept with: large and aggressive fish. They do not like small fish (guppies, tetras), especially with long tails.
Fish farming: striped aploheilus - phytophilus, lays eggs on plants. Before spawning, producers are planted for 2-3 weeks and plentifully fed with live food (for example, bloodworms).
Gender differences: males are more colorful, with elongated fins, larger than females in size.
Puberty: depends on water temperature and feeding - 3-8 months.
Spawning aquarium: from 25 l, temperature 25-28 ° С, water level up to 15 cm, pH 6-7, dH 4-7 °, mandatory filtration. Soil - river sand up to 2.5 cm thick. Small-leaved plants (Javanese moss) are planted, floating plants (ricchia) are also required.
Comments: Gold and green color forms are bred.
Fish are very resistant to any disease.
During treatment, salinity of up to 10 g / l is permissible.