Description of acanthophthalmus

These fish resemble large worms because of theirelongated body. Oxygen they get with the help of the skin and intestines, grasping the anus with air from the surface of the water. They are omnivorous, since they feed on various wastes that fall to the bottom.acanthophthalmusAkantoftalmus prefers to move at night, so it's difficult to see it in the afternoonPhoto: Getty General characteristics:

  • small head;
  • a spiny spike on the head;
  • three pairs of mustaches;
  • corpuscular body shape;
  • pink-yellow body, intersected by dark strips;
  • absence of scales;
  • located closer to the tail of the dorsal fin.

The spine on her head helps her to make her way through the narrow places and stems of plants. The fish grows to 8-11 cm in length. In the aquarium lives at least 5 years, often longer - 8-10 years.

The content and care of acanthophthalmus

The fish is a great helper in the fight for cleanliness.the aquarium, as it eats up food debris that has fallen to the bottom. This fish is well adapted to life in the aquarium and gets along without any problems with the peaceful inhabitants of its home. She almost constantly lives at the bottom and prefers to lead a secretive lifestyle. The fish is especially active at night, it is difficult to notice it during the day. But if there are 6-10 fish of this species in the aquarium, they are more active. The fish has no scales, so its skin is very susceptible to drugs. Therefore, they need to be treated very carefully. Fish love spacious ponds, so the aquarium must hold at least 100 liters of water. It is better that the reservoir has a large area. It is better to cover aquariums, as the acanthophthalmus fish can jump out of the water and die. Most often, such incidents occur when the atmospheric pressure drops and the weather changes. The fish become restless, begin to move quickly and chaotically and even jump. The water must be clean and well aerated. The optimum temperature is from 22 to 30 degrees. It needs to be changed often and the soil must be siphoned, cleaning it from waste. There should be sand or small pebbles at the bottom of the aquarium and plenty of cover. Driftwood, thickets of plants, rhizomes and stone castles will help to recreate the natural habitat of fish. In nature, they burrow into the ground of reservoirs and live under the rhizomes of trees and plants. It is best to start these fish if you feed the other inhabitants of the aquarium with small live food. Small and nimble worms will quickly eat up leftover food, helping you keep the pond clean. If properly cared for, it can live in captivity for 5-6 years. See also: