Everything you need to know about the spike fish
The spike fish is easy to see, thanks to its fresh glow of silvery scales, smoky orange or red fins and black markings, which make it very impressive. Its beautiful coloration can give the aquarist hours of entertainment.
Natural habitat of the tang fish
It can reach a length of 15 cm in the aquarium. It is a large fish that can add visual interest and are able to adapt to a wide variety of conditions. It is a very peaceful fish, which can live in harmony with other fish without difficulty. In their natural environment, they live in groups, so it is advisable to have at least 6 copies, so that they feel comfortable. They are very friendly with each other and with other species of similar size.
Tang fish are native to Madagascar and are endemic in this area of the planet, off the east coast of Africa. They have not been well studied in their natural habitat and unfortunately, the beautiful Madagascar is threatened by rapid deforestation and modification of its habitat. These fish are on the red list of threatened and vulnerable species.
These fish can be found in the Mananjari River at a height of 500 meters above sea level. It is a very fast river. They usually congregate in groups of around 12 fish, in the shaded parts of the stream. Their natural diet are usually insects and plant matter.
In the nature they adhere their eggs to the vegetation of the river. Remain along the shallow banks until reaching adult size and then go to deeper water.
It is a very powerful swimming fish, its body is long and thin with fins that are short but strong. The body color of the spike fish is usually yellowish brown with a slight blue glow. A dark blue band runs the entire length of the fish. The fins of the males are black at the base, with a white to red discoloration and finally ending in a black outline. The fins of the females are clear and smaller than those of the males.
Tang fish behavior
In its natural habitat, the spike fish lives in numerous schools on the banks of the river, in shallow waters. They are very sociable animals that like the company of other fish.
Spike fish social behavior
You can not have a single fish of your species, the spike fish need to be in a group, at least 6, to feel safe and comfortable. Keeping them in a group, not only will they be less nervous and behave more naturally, but they will improve their colors. Males also improve their colors as they compete with each other for female attention.
The life of the spike fish is very peaceful, usually does not intervene in disputes except on rare occasions very punctual. Not only do they get along well with specimens of their species, but they are also very friendly with fish of other species.
To achieve a coexistence in peace, it is important not to expose it to aggressive aquarium companions. They should be similar to their size, temperament and activity level, so they can feel happy. Spike fish are only aggressive when they feel threatened, they will never cause unpleasant situations in the aquarium.
They are fish that swim very fast, so the slower fish may feel nervous.
Living in the aquarium
Keep in mind that you will eat the fish that fit in your mouth, this must also be taken into account so as not to take unpleasant surprises when you incorporate them into the aquarium.
In their natural habitat they are very active and great swimmers, so be careful to create currents so you can swim freely. The spike fish will be located mainly in the upper part of the aquarium, so try to ensure that there are no other species in this space, for a happy coexistence.
If a couple is formed, it is advisable to place them in an individual aquarium, because if spawning occurs, this couple will not take care of their eggs, because or possibly, the other fish in the aquarium will eat them.
Remember that to have an aquarium with healthy and happy fish, you must achieve a balance.