The cardinal aquarium fish is one of the brightest, eye–catching and beautiful. Contrary to expectations, it is not purple in color, like the cassocks of real cardinals. The article tells about her, how to keep her, what to feed her, what to do at the time of spawning.
The cardinal fish was brought to Europe from China in 1938. In nature, this representative of the carp prefers to live in mountain streams. At the same time, the cardinal fish quickly got used to the aquarium contents.
It has an extremely bright body color, beautiful fins. Males are slightly different from females, as they look slimmer and brighter. Usually the cardinal fish has a slightly elongated body with bright longitudinal stripes. The coloration of some species of these aquarium inhabitants has a flickering effect.
The cardinal aquarium fish was so liked by European aquarists that very soon all kinds of species were bred. For example, the Banggai Cardinal Fish somewhat vaguely resembles a scalar, and the cardinal (Tanichthys albonubes Lin Shuyen) is a kind of veil-tailed goldfish.
These representatives of the carp do not need special conditions, so it will not be difficult to keep them. But it's worth remembering that they are used to living in a pack, so you need to keep at least four individuals in the aquarium. At the same time, you can put cardinals in the aquarium with other fish.
Cardinals behave peacefully and friendly, do not interfere with other fish. But still, it will be easier for them to get along with neighbors who also have a calm temperament.
The Cardinal prefers to have a large space. Usually the fish stays in the middle and upper layers of the water. It is not necessary to heat the water in a container for cardinals, but you need to make sure that the water temperature does not fall below 10 degrees.
Cardinal is a fish, the maintenance of which does not cause much trouble to its owner, even during the breeding season. She is not picky about food and is resistant to diseases. Although the aquarist is still obliged to know about some of the features of care and pay attention to it.
During the mating season, males become brighter and begin to fight for the attention of females. But do not worry, since this fight is harmless and does not cause much harm to the fish.
For a person with experience, it will not be a difficult task to breed cardinals. To do this, you will need a spacious spawning area planted with plants, which should be located in a place protected from sunlight. In order to speed up the process, you can reduce the normal water temperature by several degrees. Usually, the water temperature in the spawning area should reach 22 degrees.
Before spawning, you need to feed the male and female well. Natural foods should be chosen for nutrition. In order for the fish to feel more comfortable, it is worth installing a filter.
Females usually lay about 300 eggs on the leaves of aquarium plants. After a few days, larvae appear from them. It is worth feeding small cardinals with rotifers or infusoria. At the same time, parents will not touch their fry, so you can not rush to evict them from the spawning area.
Cardinals are wonderful aquarium fish that will bring little trouble, but at the same time they will please their owners.
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