A basic guide to keeping Labrynth Fish.
• Siamese Fighting Fish
• Leeri or Pearl
• Croaking and Sparkling Gouramies
• Climbing Perches
Africa and Asia
Minimum aquarium size - the small Labrynth Fish can be safely accommodated in a 600mm x 380mm x 300mm (24” x 15” x 12”) aquarium. As ever though, a larger aquarium is always to be preferred. A well-fitting hood is essential if considering keeping the Climbing Perches - because they can climb!
Temperature - Labrynth Fish are from regions where the water temperature can be over 30oC(86oF) and as low as 15oC/60oF. Set aquarium water around 25oC/78oF.
Water parameters - These fish thrive in a good clean water environment. Most are quite happy in hard water. They will benefit from a weekly 25% water change.
Habitat - many Labrynth Fish are found in rice paddies and in small ponds in wooded areas. They are air-breathing, which is fortunate, as their natural water conditions may often be very poor. This does not mean water conditions in the aquarium should be neglected! Plants: all species of tropical plant are acceptable in the aquarium.
This varies depending on which type of Labrynth Fish you are thinking of keeping. Many of the ‘Gouramies’ are compatible with one another and with other species e.g. Tetras. Siamese Fighters can only be kept on their own. Predatory Climbing Perches (Ctenopoma) are best kept in a species aquarium.
Will readily accept all dried, frozen and live foods such as Daphnia.
No particular problems health-wise
Habitat - freshwater tropical aquarium
Sociability - some are sociable others not. Research the particular type you want to keep.
Care - easy
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