The labyrinth fishes belong to the climbing fishes (Anabantiformes). They are a large group of colorful fish found in Asia and Africa. Their colorfulness is incredibly attractive and makes them very popular in aquaristics. In addition to gills, the labyrinth fish have the labyrinth organ, which allows them to breathe oxygen from the air. This allows these ornamental fish to live even in relatively oxygen-poor water. The fighting fish, which are incredibly popular in aquaristics, belong to the labyrinth fish, as well as the gouramis and gouramis. Labyrinth fish are found in freshwater. In our store you can buy the most popular species - great female and male high breeding fighting fish with brilliant colors and spectacular fin veils (Betta splendens), mosaic gouramis, honey gouramis, dwarf gouramis, macropods and many gouramis and labyrinth fish more, which have a wide distribution in aquaristics, but in the online store we also offer rarer forms for the aquarium, such as wild forms of the fighting fish, like the rarely available Betta imbellis, or color forms like the blue breeding form of the dwarf gourami.
Different labyrinth fish - fighting fish / Bettas
Super popular in aquaristics are the great Bettas or fighting fish, affectionately called Kafis. They are probably by far the most widespread labyrinth fish in the aquarium hobby. Here in the store you buy not only the strikingly beautifully colored, impressive, but slightly belligerent and strongly territorial high breeding Bettas (Betta splendens) , which originally come from the rice fields in Thailand, but also wild forms such as the much more compatible Betta imbellis, which can be kept in pairs and does not have to be kept individually as the high breeding Kafis Betta splendens. Even though Betta splendens is not actually a nano fish by size, it made it into our blog post "The Nanofish Encyclopedia" because it is one of the few fish that will do well in a nano aquarium. Water values aren't quite as important for Kafis, but the aquarium definitely needs to be tightly covered because these aquarium fish jump.
Different labyrinth fish - Threadfishes
Threadfish or Guramis are also great ornamental fish for the aquarium, and here in our store you can get both traditionally very proven Fafi species as well as beautiful novelties and special color forms. Some small representatives like the Dwarf Gourami Colisa (Trichogaster) lalia and the Honey Gourami Colisa (Trichogaster) chuna are also mentioned in more detail in our blog "The Nanofish Encyclopedia", because they can be counted to the nanofish with their small size. Threadfish are usually quite quiet fellows, which are carnivores, but do not actively hunt fish, so they belong to the peaceful fish. They eat insects and crustaceans, but leave even adult dwarf shrimp alone. In nature, they live in waters rather rich in plants. They are strongly surface oriented and like to eat approach food. Large gourami Trichogaster trichopterus tolerate soft to hard water, but the dwarf gourami, which can be purchased in various bright colors and breeding forms, do not tolerate hard water so well and become ill quite quickly if the water values in the aquarium are unsuitable. Here you should definitely pay attention to the presence of humic substances in the water. The Mosaic Gourami Trichopodus leeri also tolerates rather soft to medium hard aquarium water. Threadfish get their name from their thread-like, very long pectoral fins, which they use as tactile organs. The aquarium must have a lid if threadfish are to be kept in it, because these beautiful aquarium fish like to jump. We have a separate blog post about keeping and breeding gourami on the Garnelio Onlineshop blog.
More Labyrinth Fishes
The Growling Dwarf Gurami made it into our article "The Nanofish Encyclopedia" thanks to its small size. The Macropod or Blue Paradise Fish is also a labyrinth fish that cannot be placed in any of the upper divisions. There are other labyrinth fish or gouramis that do not belong to the fighting fish or the gouramis, but we do not offer them for sale here in our online store because of their size or their low suitability for aquaristics. Also the other labyrinth fish are more surface oriented and should find a well covered aquarium, because they naturally like to jump.
The feeding of labyrinth fish - the choice of the right fish food
The labyrinth fishes common in aquaristics are to be counted to a large extent among the carnivores, although some species among the gourami occasionally tug at algae or eat duckweed. among the gourami there are both pure carnivores and omnivores, which require a mixed vegetable as well as animal diet. The Betta, for example, should not be fed normal fish food because the high vegetable content can lead to significant digestive problems, causing the animals to die sooner. In general, most Guramis and Kafis are rather uncomplicated eaters, which are incredibly happy about live food, but you can also get them full with frozen food.
With the tasty NatureHolic Bettafeed your labyrinth fish will be well provided for.
Offspring of the Labyrinthfishes
Breeding labyrinth fish is possible in the aquarium, although not very likely depending on the stocking in the community aquarium. Especially the breeding of Bettas is very complex and complicated, because the incompatible small fishes have to be raised in their own aquarium and because a litter of Bettas can be very numerous, so you need a lot of quite small, covered tanks for the breeding of Bettas. All labyrinths build foam nests on the water surface, and the males engage in active brood care. In doing so, they drive away anything that approaches the nest, including the female. In a separate rearing aquarium, where the fish are allowed to spawn and then the female is removed, the male labyrinth fish experience much less stress.
The really beautifully colored, quite calm, partly very large, partly cutely small remaining Labyrinthfishes in aquaristics are recommendable fishes - most species with exception of the Bettas are also suitable for the community aquarium. Bettas on the other hand are definitely a case for a species aquarium! Their calmness and beauty have a soothing effect on the observer and calm tense nerves. Gouramis, macropods, dwarf gouramis, honey gouramis and fighting fish are great to watch and even build a real relationship with their keeper. Their natural behavior - especially that of the fighting fish, which can be called up with a small mirror, for example - is really exciting and fascinating to watch. In our Garnelio Online Shop you can buy species with a long tradition, which have been successfully kept in aquaristics for many years, and spectacular breeding forms, which will absolutely enchant you.