Lovely ornamental fish

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In a pet store you will find a wide variance of different subtropical and tropical ornamental fish. In your own aquarium you can experience very closely the behavior of these fish and enjoy the exotic and fascinating colors. Within our portraits we have collected the most important data about different ornamental fish. Our portraits are updated constantly.

Catfish

Alternative Title

Bristlenose Catfish, Bushymouth Catfish (Those found in aquaria are usually hybrids of this and other catfish, often referred to simply as ‘Pleco’.)

Scientific Title

Ancistrus dolichopterus

Appearance

The Bristlenose Catfish has the flat body shape typical to catfish. Length: grows to 15 cm.

Origin

The Bristlenose Catfish originates from the Amazon River Basin

Behavior

The catfish is a loner although keeping several Bristlenose Catfish together is usually not a problem. When breeding, it is the male that takes on the parental role, protecting the eggs in his cave until after they have hatched.

Food

These fish are often seen eating algae which form on the tank glass, decorations and gravel. Their diet should be supplemented with sinking pellets or wafers only.

Maintenance

The catfish is a very robust fish that is able to tolerate a broad spectrum of tank conditions. The temperature can be between 18 and 30°C with a pH of between 6 and 8. It is often recommended as a robust first fish for new aquarists.

Dwarf Gourami

Scientific Title

Colisa lalia

Appearance

The males have strong red and silver-blue stripes, whereas the females are a more understated silvery colour with a light shimmering red and pale stripes. Breeders have created different colour variations, such as neon blue or red, for example. Size: grows to 5 cm.

Origin

The Dwarf Gourami originates from rivers in India.

Behavior

The Dwarf Gourami is a social fish, preferring to live in pairs or a small harem. The fish may breed in calm water with plenty of vegetation. The male builds a floating bubble nest in which the eggs are laid.

Food

In the wild, Dwarf Gourami eat insect larvae and other micro-organisms. In an aquarium, they eat protein-rich flake food and, from time to time, an animal-based individual food such as Daphnia.

Maintenance

Water temperature: 24 to 30 °C, pH: 6 to 8

Special features

Do not keep with aggressive fish as the Dwarf Gourami is vulnerable to fin nipping.

Angelfish

Alternative Title

Freshwater angelfish

Scientific Title

Pterophyllum scalare

Appearance

The angelfish is a laterally compressed fish with elongated triangular dorsal and anal fins. In the wild it has a silvery body with dark, vertical stripes. Domestic angelfish have been bred and crossbred for several decades, resulting in many colour variations, with and without stripes or spots. Size: grows to 15 cm long, 25 cm high.

Origin

All Pterophyllum species originate from the Amazon River, Orinoco River and Essequibo River basins in tropical South America.

Behavior

At breeding time, adults pair off and become very territorial. Eggs are generally laid on a leaf, which is carefully cleaned beforehand.

Food

In the wild, angelfish tend to eat live insect larvae and micro-organisms. In an aquarium, they need to be fed a protein-rich flake food and, from time to time, an animal-based individual food such as Daphnia.

Maintenance

Water temperature: 25 to 30 °C, pH: 5 to 7.5

Special features

Do not keep with aggressive fish that are known to nip fins or very small fish.

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