Scalar Fish

Written by Robert Walker On November - 4 - 2011 under Fish Breeds 0 Comment

The Scalar Fish is one of the most beautiful aquarium fish. It requires a careful management; it is very sensitive to environmental factors: temperature and water quality and oxygen from water.

Originating in the middle of the Amazon basin, the  aquarium fish, the Scalar fish (Pterophyllum scalar)  is one of the most pleasant and beautiful looking fishes, often called the king of the aquarium. The name is drawn from the attractive appearance and the special way in swimming.

Scalar fish colors:

The color of these species has quite a large variety but the silver body with black stripes is the most popular combination. But since 1960, came the other combinations such as black, gray, mottled, ghosts, leopard, zebra, gold or yellow, etc…

The scales on the body are mottled silver, gold and black, irregularly arranged. At an early age, gold scalars are not as handsome as they become in their adult lives. They are also known as red scale, red-orange coloration because they have male forehead.

Considering that they prefer live food, Scalar fish are quite a calm species of fish. They require a large aquarium (about 100-120 liters), since their bodies are quite “high” because of the fins. In the natural habitat they grow up to 10-12 cm; some species created by (mutations) increase up to 16 cm.

The aquarium water should always be clear, crystalline, oxygen-rich, and slightly acidic and must have around 24 degrees since scalar fish are sensitive to contaminated water (nitrate). The aquarium should have fine sand, clean water and long plants.

Due to its unique appearance the Ghost scalar fish is preferred for aquariums. Fish from breeders should be treated carefully, because they are susceptible to infections, fungi and parasites. Since they like hiding, you can create some hideouts with stones or using small pots.

Scalar fish eat other fish?

While it is true that he likes to eat anything, first and foremost prefer live food, mosquito larvae and Tubifex. If kept in optimum conditions, at the age of 11-12 months they become capable of reproduction.

Before attempting scalar reproduction, you should begin to clean the place you are going to let them breed. Since they might place their eggs on a: folly plant, pavement or even a stone, the wall of the aquarium glass. The female deposited about 300-400 eggs, like beads, the male fertilizes them and then takes care of them simultaneously.

Eggs rarely survive more than two days due to excessive jealousy. Scalar fish often eat them. Thus, if you want to perpetuate the species, it is indicated that after two days of the breeding, to remove the parents from the eggs.

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