Bone tongues in nature
The extremely variable group of the Bone Tongues is home to such interesting representatives as the Snakehead or Arowana, which is especially popular in Asia. Bone tongues, the Osteoglossiformes, are very primitive fishes. They are true bonefishes.
They live mainly in the southern hemisphere, in South America, in South Asia, in Africa and also in Australia. Only a few of them live in the sea, most of them are freshwater fishes. The name bone tongues comes from the tongue with many small teeth. Many of these fish become huge, for example the Nile pike. Others remain smaller and thus can be kept in the aquarium.
Bone-tongued fish in the aquarium
The Bone Tongues grow quite large and need an aquarium of the same size. Depending on the biotope, from which the ornamental fish originate, soft water over medium-hard water up to hard water is possible. The aquarium can be planted, the bone tongues usually do not go to the plants as they are pure carnivores. A good structure helps if the aquarium fish wants to avoid conspecifics. Socialization with other suitable fish is possible, with shrimp rather difficult - they become live food. Crayfish should also not be kept with the bone tongues, here too losses can occur, in particular the crayfish can injure the fish. It is best to keep these aquarium fish in pairs or in a small group. Keeping them individually is often not appropriate for the species. The aquarium must be chosen large enough in any case.
The feeding of bone tongues
The vast majority of bonechuck species, including those sold for the aquarium, are carnivores that like to hunt. Among them are aquarium fishes specialized in approach food, such as the butterfly fish, or the elephant trunk fish specialized in worms. They are very happy about live food in the aquarium. They can also be accustomed to frozen food. NatureHolic foods for carnivorous fish can also be used. Thanks to high-quality ingredients and the special recipe and processing method, this food contributes to vitality and health of ornamental fish in the aquarium.
Bone tongues are very bizarre and interesting aquarium fish that can really develop personality and closely follow their keeper. They are usually not colorful, but they have an unusual body shape and often very funny feeding habits. Since these are very rarely seen fish in aquaristics with very special needs, you should not buy bone tongues on a whim, but look carefully to see if you can meet their requirements for a species-appropriate aquarium and their special feeding habits. With us in the Garnelio Onlineshop you buy these rarities from the family of the bone tongues for your aquarium. You can also get the accessories that these beautiful and exciting aquarium companions need here.