Loricaria red - dreams come true!
Once, when there was still no Internet, and there were only rare books on aquariums, one of them remembered a photograph of an unusual fish with a very long body and a “thread” at the end of the caudal fin. There was no way to meet such a fish in an aquarium at that time. Perhaps that is why the photograph remained in my memory for a long time. I don’t remember the exact name, but it was definitely either a sturisoma or loricaria. All of them are similar to each other, and there are a fairly large number of species of these fish. Maybe not as many species as Catfish Corridoras, but still. And at the same time, new species are constantly opening up. So loricaria from photography became my little dream!
And recently, with the help of friends, 3 fish were ordered from another city. They were sold under the name "Loricaria red."
Here Loricaria red (Rineloricaria Sp. ”Red”) on my video:
But since chain catfish usually have difficulties with names and determining the exact species, I posted my video to a large English-speaking group on Facebook, specializing in catfish. (You can view the post at this link - Pleco Loricariidae Club.) But it did not bring much clarity with the exact name. Complicating is still the fact that the red species is a species artificially excreted by man, and not caught in the wild. And although the red loricaria is quite successfully bred at home, whose exact relation it is, it is still difficult to say.
In any case, whatever the exact name of these fish, the conditions of housing and breeding are about the same.
Loricaria. Keeping at the aquarium.
Loricaria and sturisomes are not yet very common in amateur aquariums, but usually there are no problems with the conditions of detention. They will not differ much from the conditions of keeping everyone known and beloved fish - Antsistrus ordinary (Ancistrus dolichopterus) or “catfish sucker”.
And although loricaria is a red artificially bred form, it is desirable to create conditions close to natural in the aquarium. Namely, the conditions of the reservoirs of South America.
Since this species does not grow very large (about 11 cm), the volume of the aquarium is suitable from 70 liters per group of fish. The water is preferably soft and slightly acidic. Dry leaves, such as almond leaves, are great for creating this water naturally. Also, in the aquarium, the presence of snags is necessary, the ingredients of which are involved in the digestion of loricaria and sturis. It is preferable to select the soil in the form of fine sand. The lighting should be dim. Water temperature 22 ° -29 ° C (71,6 ° -84,2 ° F). Since in their behavior, loricaria are usually very peaceful fish, it is advisable to select appropriate neighbors. Corridors, neons, thorns are ideal. In terms of nutrition, fish are also unpretentious. By nature, they are more omnivorous than herbivorous. In the aquarium, they will eat dry food, live or frozen, catfish tablets, tablets with spirulina. The only thing is that loricaria are rather slow in looking for food, and you need to make sure that, if there are active neighbors, they do not remain hungry. Plus, you need to additionally feed the fish with natural cucumbers, zucchini and fresh salad.
In breeding loricaria, the reds are also not considered a complex species. And as soon as it will be possible to get offspring from them, I will definitely create a detailed post.
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