Labyrinth fish

Written by Robert Walker On January - 25 - 2012 under Fish Breeds 0 Comment

These fish received the Labyrinth name not only in memory of the Minotaur Labyrinth, but mainly because these fish has an auxiliary breathing apparatus called the labyrinth. This device was developed because these fish often lives in low-oxygen waters.

Anabantids received their name from the Anabas species, fish which are able to breathe outside of water. And as the fish received an auxiliary respiratory shaped as a maze it brings up in our memory the Minotaur Labyrinth.

To avoid lack of oxygen within their bodies, and risk to suffocate they developed these apparatus which makes them able to breathe atmospheric air. This property needs to be kept in mind when we build and populate the aquarium with Labyrinth fish, because if they can not breathe their body, will fill with water and they can suffocate and die.

Why are labyrinth fish special?

They come from South East Asia, Africa and Indonesia and are freshwater fish. Conformation can be extended to a laterally flattened stocky body, with short muzzles, small mouth and thick pronounced lips. Labyrinth fish have medium developed scales on the back and covering their head and chins. Dorsal and anal fins are divided into two parts, one with a longer radiation and the other with less soft radiation. The pectoral fins are abdominal and, in some species being very elongated, with an antenna pattern that hides taste cells arranged along its length. Labyrinth fish have very large abdominal cavity and the anus is positioned in front of the body.

Anabantids labyrinth fish.

They feel good in aquarium and can grow and eventually reproduce successfully in captivity conditions. But their growth is conditioned by several factors. One of the factors is to provide the possibility of breathing outside the water. Another condition is the tank cover because on the one hand these fish are very active and on the other hand if you breathe cold air directly they can get a cold very easily.

Eating patterns?

They are not picky, though they prefer fresh food instead of artificial food. Some subspecies accepts only fresh food. Comments from professional aquarists, Betta species hardly eat dry or artificial food. In relations with other species in the aquarium is quite peaceful, which is not something we can say about the relationship between the same species. In particular males preparing to breed present a more aggressive behavior towards other labyrinth fish females besides their mates.

Labyrinth fish reproduction

Reproduction is relatively simple; if we consider that the resulting puppies are very small so it is quite difficult for their feeding. In general their reproduction in some species occurs in foam nests, where after the male “embraces” the female, she will deposit he eggs. The reproduction is a fantastic showing fish with beautiful colors dancing with each outer. The male “hugs” the female strongly, pressing out her eggs, after their fertilization occurs; the eggs that fall to the bottom are chose by the male (and often female) and they are brought to the surface foam nest with the mouth. Some varieties have oily eggs, so they will rise to the surface on their own. After fertilization it is recommended to remove the female from the aquarium, because due to male aggression towards females, she is not safe.

The foam nest is usually built by the male by bonding bubbles with saliva. Some species of aquarium fish use vegetation for nest building, or other debris floating on the surface, their nests are large and prominent. Other species have nests more modest in size. In fact, nest size may vary from individual to individual within the same species. The male guards the nest, gathering eggs and putting the falling ones back.

Because babies are large, they require a good deal of food, no easy task for the male. It is recommended that the aquarium water column should not exceed 12-15 cm high. In the first weeks respiratory labyrinth is not developed enough, so we need to ensure adequate ventilation.

Labyrinth fish Pictures Gallery

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