Feed the barbs more often than other fish. The fact that unlike other fish, barbs have a good appetite and constant hunger. But let's not immediately feed them a lot, otherwise it can lead to obesity. It is better to feed small portions but more often.
Let the barbs both dry and plant food. Feeding well suited bloodworms, Tubifex, Daphnia, koretra, Cyclops and other animal foodstuffs. To dry food, be sure to add vitamin D.
Arrange the barbs for two days a week. In the fasting days, feed the barbs of one or a maximum of two times throughout the day, and definitely a small portion. A little "hunger strike" will allow you to avoid overeating.
As a plant food, let the barbs scalded leaves the usual lettuce and cucumber. If the barbs do not give vegetation, your aquarium plants can be completely eaten.
When the content of several species of barbs, keep in mind that some types of faster and more mobile, so the food they eat faster than their slow counterparts. In this case, make the aquarium two feeders. First pour the food into one – this way you will attract the attention of the most active fish. After you pour the feed into the second trough for a more slow and peaceful barbs. This method will allow you to feed all the fish, without worrying that someone might not get food.
Barbs – schooling fish, so they do not stand alone. If the aquarium let one barb, he would always hide in the grass and will be very fearful. It is best to have several pieces. Only carefully select them for neighbors. Don't put in a single aquarium, slow fish and barbs. Try to pick up the same behavior and the size of fish. Otherwise, active and always hungry barbs will start to eat off their small and slow-moving neighbors.
Advice 2 : Barbs: reproduction in the home
Barbs is a great choice for beginner aquarists. Because fish are unpretentious and quite peaceful, their reproduction in the home will not be easy. The most common species are the Sumatran tiger barbs with a magnificent Golden-yellowish color.
Barbs. Breeding in the home aquarium
For reproduction in the home required a large aquarium of at least 20 liters. Note that barbs do not like bright light, so the aquarium should be placed dense thickets of plants with small leaves and moss. We should not forget about the spawning panicles. Barbs – fish, throwing their offspring to fend for themselves. Often they just eat their own eggs. That is why the plants in the aquarium will act as a natural protection of the eggs.
Reproduction in domestic conditions should occur at your desired temperature of water. Recommended temperature mode – from +23 ° to +25 ° C. For successful spawning, the water temperature should raise to +26oC +28oC. To barbs carried out a successful spawning in an aquarium-meristemic enough to land a few fish.
Before spawning barbs are seated in different aquariums for about a month. The temperature of water should be reduced by two degrees. Feeding of fish during this period is as follows: the DOE should provide mainly vegetarian food, and the male protein. By the way, to distinguish males from females is fairly easy: the females have a more rounded tummy, and they are much smaller in size than males. Tumescent tummy females is evidenced by their willingness to reproduce.
Experienced aquarists notice that for successful breeding, the female should be 3-4 months younger than the male. Spawning at the Sumatran barbs starts the next morning after their reunion in the same container. First, the male will court one female, and when she starts to throw their eggs, he'll be keeping the semen.
Interestingly, the single spawning capable of bringing hundreds of fertilized eggs. Because barbs don't like sunlight, aquarium, meristemic must be placed in a dark place in the apartment. Experts say that fertilization of the eggs can be artificially improved. For the water added quite a bit of salt: 1 teaspoon per 10 liters of water.
At the end of spawning new "parents" should be removed from the tank. Otherwise they can eat their own eggs pending. At a water temperature of +26oC fry will appear on the fifth day. Breeding barbs at home is not only exciting, but also not cause unnecessary trouble and costs.
What to feed the fry of barbs?
Aquarists claim that the best diet for newly hatched barbs will be rotifers, Artemia, infusoria and nauplii. Already a little grown fish is recommended to eat small crustaceans. Young Sumatran barbs is growing quite fast and active, which could lead to inequality: larger specimens will eat smaller ones. In order to avoid cannibalism of young barbs need to sort by size. Provided is plentiful and good feeding at 8 months, these fish become sexually Mature.