Cockerel, or fighting fish
Thailand. The body length is up to 6 cm. the Body and fins can be painted in red, blue, green, cream, purple, brown, black or gold. The opal forms have a creamy body and colored fins. In some color forms, the fins dissect contrasting bands. The ventral fins are most often red, with white tips. Females are paler colored.
The European breeders paid the main attention not to fighting features of fishes, and their colouring and size of fins. A flock of these brawlers are kept in a species aquarium with a sufficient number of shelters. The temperature is about 24 °C. the water is soft or medium hardness, not very fresh, but not old. Veil males are best kept one at a time so that they do not damage their fins. Since older males are sedentary, they can settle for small vessels or compartments in a partitioned aquarium. The beauty of cockerels is also demonstrated in glass round aquariums, divided into 6-8 sectors.
Ready to spawn, the female is deposited with one of the young males, who are not as pugnacious as the old ones, and better care for the nest. The male builds a foamy nest on the surface of the water, then invites the female to the nest, wraps her body across and squeezes out her eggs, which, being lighter than water, accumulates under the nest. Productivity up to 300 eggs. After spawning, the male proceeds to protect the nest and drives away the partner, because she can covet the eggs. Larvae appear in 1-2 days, and after 2 days the fry will swim. The male is removed from the aquarium at this time, and the fry begin to feed with live dust, infusoria and rotifers.
Black dwarf cock
Black dwarf cock
In the rice fields of the Malacca Peninsula. Length-up to 5 cm. the Outline of the body is similar to a fighting Cockerel, but differs in a peaceful disposition and more original coloring.
The body and fins are black. On the sides are rows of blue-green shiny dots, metallic luster on the Gill covers. There are blue stripes along the rays of the unpaired fins. The tip of the anal and the edge of the caudal fins are red. The ventral fins are black at the base, then red, the tips white. Females are smaller, light brown. Contain and propagate like the previous species.
Java, Sumatra. Length – up to 12 cm. the body is elongated, the caudal stem is wide. Tail fin diamond-shaped, dorsal-triangular, small. Scales on the sides with large shiny blue-green spots that form rows. The fins are greyish-greenish, there are dark dots on the dorsal and caudal fins.
The males fins are longer and more acute than in females, the coloration is brighter.
Keep PS mainly at the bottom in the thickets. Eat any live food, like enhydra. During spawning, the female lays about 130 eggs, which the male takes into his mouth.
The male is left alone in the spawning ground, so that he can take care of the eggs without interference. After 12 days, the fry for the first time swim out of the mouth and a day later can eat nauplii Artemia. The male, freed from fry, is deposited.
Often, the males swallow the eggs from fright or in adverse conditions. Therefore, it is advisable in the first days to select the eggs and incubate it artificially, just as it is done with cichlids.