Aquarium for children with Swordsmen
Swordfish are the simplest aquarium fish in content. Especially popular are the red swordsmen and tiger (red with black fins). They are bred from natural green swordsmen and pecilia, also by crossing red swordsmen with black mollies (black moths).
Sword-bearers are not demanding on water temperature, can withstand from 18 to 30 degrees Celsius, are not demanding on water hardness, but do not like chlorinated, not settled water.
When keeping swordsmen it is not necessary to purchase a compressor for air supply, a filter, a water heater. It is enough to buy an aquarium of 20 liters and backlight. A frameless rectangular aquarium 20cmx20cmx50cm or all-glass round is well suited. A backlit aquarium with bright red fish is an amazing sight. You cannot help but stop beside him and freeze without thinking about anything. If the family has children, for them these fish will always be interesting.
Young children and even schoolchildren are very fond of feeding fish, and overfeeding them is unacceptable. Therefore, fish food should be hidden from children. How to feed the swordsmen? Best of all, universal food for aquarium fish in the form of multi-colored plates at a price of 25 rubles per bag. It is sold in all stores. You can give fish live food, but the tubule spoils the water in the aquarium, and the uneaten bloodworm turns into mosquitoes after some time. Do you want mosquitoes flying around your apartment?
The most interesting thing about keeping swordsmen is that they are viviparous, and very soon fry can appear in your aquarium. At first, the male (in fact, he is the “sword-bearer”, unlike the rustic pot-bellied female) takes care of the female, swims around her both front and back. Then the female’s abdomen darkens, and wait for the offspring. Is it necessary to plant fry? Unfortunately yes. Otherwise, large fish will eat them. When fry appear, aquatic plants play a large role. Newborn babies are hiding there.
What plants to plant in the aquarium? The simplest ones are the Wallysneria, the Elodeans, the cirrus leaf (myriophyllum). Well, of course, there are rare beauties: cryptocarins, pistia, ludwig, etc. It is good to put three-parted duckweed, richchia and water fern on the surface of the aquarium (ceratopteris.
As well as the swordsmen, guppies, pecilia and mollies are contained. But Pecilia and Mollies are more capricious in content and often die, which upsets young children and adults. Therefore, we recommend that you only contain guppies with the swordsmen.