Family: Characinaceae (Characidae. Origin: Guyana, Brazil. Water temperature: 22-28. Acidity: 6. -7. Hardness: 1-18. Recommended tank size for a flock of 6 individuals: not less than 150 liters.
Exodon paradoxus (Exodon paradoxus) - has an elongated, high, strongly compressed on the sides, fusiform body. The main color is silver, which has a different shade in different parts of the body. The back is dark with a silvery sheen. Just above the middle of the body there is a thick horizontal stripe of golden color with a shine.
A large black spot is located approximately on the center of the body, on both sides. The abdomen and lower body are generally silvery. The fins are small, transparent, sometimes with a red tint. In an aquarium, when properly maintained, Exodon Paradoxus can grow up to 15 cm in length. In an aquarium, you need to keep a flock of at least 6 individuals. Better 10-15 individuals. Pisces are very pugnacious and, with a small number of them, will show aggression towards each other. They are aggressive towards small fish species. When transplanting these fish, when working in an aquarium that contains these fish, you need to be careful because they bite.
They like diffused, not very bright light. Fish are rather shy. Plant the aquarium along the back and side walls, leaving free space for swimming. It is advisable to organize shelters in the form of various grottoes, crevices, etc. They eat live and frozen food (bloodworms, fillets of sea fish, shrimps). Food is usually not picked up from the bottom. Feeding aquarium fish should be correct: balanced, varied. This fundamental rule is the key to the successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses. The article "How and how much to feed aquarium fish" tells in detail about this, it sets out the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.
In this article, we note the most important thing - fish feeding should not be monotonous, the diet should include both dry food and live food. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet food either with the highest protein content or vice versa with plant ingredients.
Dry food is, of course, popular and popular food for fish. For example, every hour and everywhere you can find food of the company "Tetra" - the leader of the Russian market on aquarium counters, in fact, the range of food of this company is amazing. In the "gastronomic arsenal" Tetra includes as individual food for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricaria, guppies, labyrinths, arowans, discus, etc. Also, the Tetra company has developed specialized feeds, for example, for enhancing the color, fortified or for feeding fry. Detailed information about all Tetra feeds can be found on the official website of the company - here.
It should be noted that when buying any dry feed, you should pay attention to the date of its manufacture and storage time, try not to buy feed by weight, and also keep the feed closed - this will help to avoid development in it pathogenic flora.
The male differs from the female in more intense coloration. He's also slimmer. Adults can grow up to 15 cm, usually smaller. They reach sexual maturity at the age of 16 - 20 months. The reproduction of these fish is not well studied and is of a random nature. Life expectancy in favorable conditions reaches 10 years. Spawning occurs in an aquarium from 100 liters, the lighting should be dim. A couple of weeks before spawning, the male and female are kept separately. After spawning, they are removed from the eggs, the fry are fed with rotifers, live dust.
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