Garfish in nature
The garfishes or Beloniformes belong to the bony fishes. Their upper jaw is characterized by its rigidity as a special feature of this fish family. They can be easily kept in soft to medium hard water. The Horned Pike are closely related to the Toothcarps, thus the popular Ricefish and Co. are distantly related to Kilifish, Guppies and the other live-bearing Toothcarps.
Of particular aquaristic relevance among the Horned Pike are the Rice Fish, for example the Neon Rice Carp from Indonesia. Although it looks very similar to the blue eyes with its bright light blue eyes, they are also only very distantly related.
In nature, they live mainly in the sea, but also in freshwater and brackish water in estuaries. These fish are mainly surface oriented, so they mostly stay in the upper layers of the water.
Rice pike in the aquarium
Rice hawks have a rather small mouth and can therefore be kept very well even with larger or well-reproducing dwarf shrimp. The schooling fish are gregarious and need the company of at least 6-10 conspecifics. Ricefish are relatively adaptable in the aquarium and do well in soft to medium hard water. Juvenile shrimp may fall prey to them, but they do not hunt intensively.
The aquarium for garfish should provide swimming space, but should also be well planted in places. Especially fine feshy plants are important, because the females lay their eggs on them.
Feeding of the garfish
The garfish are carnivores without exception, feeding only on animal food. Even the small representatives among them, the rice fish, thus belong to the carnivores. NatureHolic foods for carnivorous fish, with their special recipe of high-quality ingredients that promote vitality, are ideal for feeding them. It is best to order it right away! The live food available in our online store should also definitely be on the menu of these ornamental fish, and frozen food is also a favorite of the fish.
Breeding horned pike
The breeding of the rice fish in the aquarium is fascinating - the fertilized females carry their few eggs for a while. To do this, they attach them to the bottom of their abdomen directly in front of the peduncle of the caudal fin. After some time they lay the eggs on fine aquatic plants, where they stick. Spawning mops made of woolen threads etc. are also readily accepted in the aquarium. This spawning substrate is then best removed and transferred to a separate breeding aquarium. Here the fish larvae will soon hatch, which due to their size should first be fed fine live food such as slipper lizards, infusoria or microworms, before you can switch to Artemia nauplii for rearing the young fish a little later.
Garfish in aquariums are a spectacle, not so much for their colors (although there are aquarium fishes with beautiful colorful accents), but for their peaceful, interesting behavior. The lively little rice fish are a real enrichment for a freshwater aquarium with suitable water values. In a species tank as well as in a community tank with peaceful stocking the rice fish can be kept very well. These beautiful schooling fish are really recommendable ornamental fish. In our Garnelio Online Shop you will find beautiful, popular and in aquaristics proven aquarium fishes from the family of the garfishes for sale.