In addition to the usual reef aquariums, you can add plants to your wet spot tank. Anubias, which grow in Borneo, are very popular because of their easy propagation by rhizome. Bucephalandra, which grows on wood and rocks in Southeast Asia, is another plant to try for your stream aquascape. Here are some of the most common tropical plants that are good for a wet spot aquarium:
Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus)
The Oscar is a popular cichlid fish that occurs naturally in the Amazon basin. It prefers still, shaded waters. Originally, the Oscar was mistakenly considered a marine species, but later work assigned it to the genus Astronotus. This species is not protected by CITES. However, it is a thriving, colorful fish in South Florida.
The Oscar spawns at the end of April to early May, and is highly fecund. The average lifespan is between four and five years. The Oscar is monomorphic, but males have dark spots on the base of the dorsal fin. They are territorial, and establish dominance hierarchies through agonistic displays. Once they reach sexual maturity, they will form a pair.
The Oscar is a very messy eater, and can spit out parts of live fish and entire pellets. It is important to clean the tank thoroughly after feeding, and you might also need to perform water changes more often depending on the size of your tank. If you decide to buy this fish, you should know that it can live for up to ten years with the proper care.
The Oscar can reach a length of 18 inches and weigh more than three pounds at maturity. The Oscar generally grows up to 12 inches in captivity. It has a distinctive aesthetic, with a yellow ring on its dorsal fin and caudal peduncle. The Red Oscar is one of the most attractive colors, and the speckled Red Oscar has a dark, speckled body. The Oscar’s dark eyes are accompanied by black fins.
The aforementioned Aquatic Animals: The Wet Spot Tropical Fish
A hardy aquatic plant with a wide variety of applications, Bucephalandra is a great choice for a community aquarium. Their adaptable roots and leaves will thrive in almost any aquarium environment. Unlike most other aquatic plants, Bucephalandra can tolerate most common aquarium conditions. Not only will they add beauty to your aquarium, they will also improve the health of the water, as aquatic plants release oxygen during photosynthesis.
If you have a large clump of Bucephalandra in your tank, separate the clumps into individual portions. Then, using sterilized tweezers, separate the individual portions of the plant. While this may seem like an overwhelming task, it is worth it in the long run to maintain the health and beauty of your Bucephalandra. Keeping it clean is essential to preventing algae and ensuring healthy growth.
As a tropical fish, Bucephalandra is a very popular choice for many reasons. Firstly, it looks beautiful. Its rhizome can be attached to driftwood or rock. Bucephalandra grows well on almost any surface, including wood. In fact, it prefers hard surfaces. It can be found growing on wood, rocks and other objects intended for reproduction. Bucephalandra roots will stick to almost any surface, making it a versatile addition to any tank.
Bucephalandra comes in many varieties. They are easily identifiable by their color and shape. Some are red or pink, while others have white, red or yellow spots. Bucephalandras are also easy to identify by their creeping root system. Some of them can reach 10 inches or more and have white flowers. A thriving plant can provide food and a habitat for your tropical fish.
Another way to distinguish between Bucephalandra and other aquatic plants is by their naming characteristics. Bucephalandra is a genus of endemic plants from Borneo. Most species of Bucephalandra can only be found in captivity because deforestation is destroying their habitats. As a result, some species are only available in the aquarium hobby.
Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
This species is native to South America. Its habitat includes slow-moving rivers, dense vegetation, and dark waters. These fish require low-pH conditions and slightly acidic water. However, they are relatively easy to care for. If you’re wondering whether neon tetras are right for your aquarium, read on to learn more about them. Among their many benefits are vibrant colors and active lifestyles.
When first introduced, neon tetras should produce eggs in the morning. While they don’t care for fry, they’ll happily eat egg yolks and yolk sacs. Other potential food sources for neon tetra fry are infusoria and egg yolk. Baby brine shrimp can also be fed to neon tetras. You can breed them yourself or purchase them.
Acute infection is the most common problem for neon tetras, but this is not always obvious until the fish dies. Pleistophora, as it’s technically called, spreads rapidly through the entire shoal. The symptoms include abnormal swimming, curvature of the spine, and lumps on the body. A neon tetra with pleistophora has a weakened immune system, and it can be difficult to treat.
The Neon tetra is easy to feed, but it is important to vary its diet to avoid boredom. Feeding the same food at every meal will not help the fish’s digestive tract remain healthy and vibrant, so be sure to add treats between meals. In nature, neon tetras are omnivores, and in captivity, they will feed on small crustaceans, insects, and sometimes even vegetation. Commercial flake food, or small pellets made from dried vegetable matter, will provide a variety of food options, as well as live foods. Live foods, such as white worms, can also be offered. Vegetable matter can also be provided as small pieces of cucumber.
Neon tetras live for about five to ten years in an aquarium, although they can live much longer in the wild. Their main challenge is surviving for the first 24 hours of their life. After that, they are guaranteed to be okay. They are native to South American rainforests, where they live in smaller streams that are typically soiled with organic matter.
Angel Fish (Pterophyllum)
The Angel Fish (Pterophyllum), or angelfish, is a small genus of freshwater fish native to river basins in South America. Its name derives from the Greek pteron, phullon, and phyllon, and the fish is named for its heavenly-looking fins. These fish form pairs and are monogamous. They lay eggs on submerged logs and flattened leaves.
It is believed that the angelfish were bred in captivity for at least 30 years before P. leopoldi was first described. They are among the most popular freshwater aquarium fish, and are known for their unique shape, colors, and behavior. The Pterophyllum scalare, a species commonly found in pet shops and online, is the easiest angelfish to breed.
In the wild, adult angelfish pair up and spawn. They lay anywhere from 200 to 400 eggs in each spawn. The male angelfish fertilizes the eggs with his papilla. In an aquarium, angelfish lay their eggs on submerged logs, but in their natural habitat, they lay them directly in the water. Once laid, the mother and father take care of the eggs and fry for approximately four weeks, and the young survive for as long as seven days.
Angelfish are generally gentle and peaceful when young, but they can become territorial and aggressive as adults. As a general rule, keep angelfish in separate tanks, especially during breeding season, as the males and females will fight to protect their offspring and will chase after other fish if they are in a group together. The Angelfish also require more space and a larger tank than a betta.
The angelfish do not have specific diet requirements and eat many types of fish food. Although they do not have very demanding water quality requirements, they will eat smaller fish in their aquariums and may even chase neon tetras. Angelfish are omnivorous, but lean toward the carnivorous side of the food chain. They can grow to be six or ten inches in length.