How to keep a good Archocentrus octofasciatum fish in an aquarium - fish-hobbyist

How to keep a good Archocentrus octofasciatum fish in an aquarium

Judging from their place of life in nature, fish can be catagorized as freshwater fish, seawater fish, brackish water fish and Euryhaline fish. Freshwater fish are fish that live in freshwater environments such as river and lakes. Seawater fish is a type of fish that lives in the sea while brackish water fish is a type of fish found living in river estuaries and coastal areas. But there are also fish that can live in 3 types of water, namely living in fresh water, sea water and brackish water. Fish that can live in 3 types of water are called Euryhaline fish. An Example of a type of Euryhaline fish is the Round goby.

Archocentrus octofasciatum fish, also known as Jack Dempsey fish, is a type of freshwater fish that lives in rivers that have slow currents. It can be found from southern Mexico to Honduras. 

Fish hobbyists who have a collection of ornamental fish at home can choose this type of freshwater fish to be used as pet fish. Archocentrus octofasciatum fish that will be kept at home must of course be selected from good quality fish species. 

In general, the characteristics of good quality Archocentrus octofasciatum fish are : 
1. Fish have bright color.
2. The fish is healthy and has a body that is not deformed.
3. Fish have agile movements.
4. Fish respond to the feed given. 

Before starting to keep Archocentrus octofasciatum fish, it is good to know how character and habits of his life in nature. This is useful in determining and choosing a place to raise fish, choosing the type  of feed given, determining the equipment to be installed in the aquariumand determining what value of water quality parameters is good for the life of Archocentrus octofasciatum fish. 

Archocentrus octofasciatum fish have an aggressive character so it would be better kept by fish hobyist who are experienced in taking care of ornamental fish. However, it can also be kept by novice fish hobbyist as long as the fish hobbyist is talented in taking care of fish and is good at finding information about how to keep Archocentrus octofasciatum fish properly. 

Archocentrus octofasciatum fish are territorial and have the habit of swimming at the bottom of the aquarium, the center of the aquarium and at the top of the aquarium. In order for the fish to swim freel in the rearing container, the amount of water filled into the aquarium must be sufficient. The amount of water needed in raising this fish is 150 liters. 

Archocentrus octofasciatum fish is a type of carnivorous fish. The suitable feed for this type of fish is live feed. Live worms can be given to Archocentrus octofasciatum fish to fulfill their nutritional needs. 

As w all know, Archocentrus octofasciatum fish live in slow-flowing rivers. Rocks and water plants are selected and adapted to the fish’s natural habitat. The aquarium where the fish are kept can be installed with rocks and watter plants to make the fish feel comfortable.

The fulfill the need for oxygen, an aerator can be installed in the aquarium. Archocentrus octofasciatumfish belong to the cichlid fish group. Cichlid fish do not have a labyrinth. The fish labyrinth functions are a breathing apparatus to take oxygen directly from the air above the water surface. With the aerator in the aquarium, the dissolved oxygen content in the water will increase. 

In addition to aerators other equipment such as water filters and lights can be installed in the aquarium. Both types of equipment each have their own function. Water filters are used to filter out dirt and dissolved substances that are detrimental to fish life. With this water filter, the water quality in the aquarium will be maintained prperly. 

Aquarium lights can also be installed in the aquarium. This aquarium lamp serves to illuminate the aquarium so that the Archocentrus octofasciatum fish that are kept can look beautiful. Aquarium lights can be placed outside the aquarium or inside the aquarium. The length of the aquarium lamp to be used must be adjusted to the size of the aquarium. The lamp to be used is a lamp that has a medium lever of lighting. 

The water quality in the aquarium must be maintained properly. If the water quality decreases, it will affect the life of the fish being kept. Fish stress levels are affected by changes in water quality parameters. Fish will become more stressed if there are changes in the water quality parameters. Fish will become more stressed if there are changes in water quality values that decreases or increase drastically. 

The value of water quality parameters that need to be considered in the maintenance of Jack Demppsey fish is the pH value of water which is 7, the water hardness level is 10 and the water temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. 

Draining or changing aquarium water also needs to be done. This water change and draining is done so that the quality of the water in the aquarium is maintained. Generally, water draining is done once a month or done when the water in the aquarium looks dirty and emits an unpleasant odor. 

In conducting draining activities, the aquarium water should not be drained completely. Aquarium water should be replaced by about 50% of the total aquarium water volume. 

In the breeding process, Archocentrus octofasciatum fish reproduce by laying eggs. Fish that are kept can grow to a length of 20 cm. 

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