Saturday, November 5, 2011

Anabas Testudineus

Anabas Testudineus
Anabas lives in lakes, oozy ponds, ditches, on rice fields, and also in saltish reservoirs of South East Asia: in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and on an island Sri Lanka. Fish-polzun is object of a local craft and cultivation.

On the constitution Anabas reminds cichlids. At it the body extended at length, a profile of a back and a belly almost direct, a head and a final mouth the big. On edge of a branchiate cover numerous thorns are scattered. Chest and anal fins powerful, are well developed. With their help of fish can move overland (from here and the name fish-polzun). The basic color trunks from grey-brown to grey-green, also meet orange copies. On each side are located 8-10 cross-section strips most brightly painted during time of spawning. The back is more dark, a paunch yellowish. Fins orange or reddish. Sexual differences: the male is more brightly painted, at a female a paunch fuller. In the nature Anabas reaches at length of 25 sm, in an aquarium grows to 16 see.

The basic feature of
Anabas that in search of meal or new reservoirs, this small fish can creep by the ground gets over through stones and other obstacles, and also get on trees. Thanking наджаберному to body to a labyrinth (to the employee for breath by atmospheric air), can remain till 8 o'clock without water. Moves Anabas not only by means of fins, but also by means of branchiate covers (keen edges allow to cling reliably to a ground), thus pushing itself strong pushes of a tail. They travel at night. Anabas with length of a body from 10 to 25 sm for 1 hour can creep to 100 m, and be out of water (under condition of high humidity of air) some days can. When the reservoir dries up and to find another it is not possible, fish-polzun, being shaken, buries in damp silt and for some time (till 48 o'clock) it rescues it from drying and  destruction. And mass resettlements Anabas from drying up reservoirs in the new are carried out.

Anabas predatory, timid and pugnacious enough small fish. Activity shows during evening and night time. Fish-polzuna is necessary for containing in a specific aquarium from 100 litres with well attached integumentary glass which is at height not less 10 sm over a water surface (differently fish, jumping out behind air, can hit about it). In an aquarium place thickets of plants, various shelters (stones, snags), and also leave an empty seat for swimming (and for spawning). Illumination disseminated. To begin the maintenance it is necessary from group of young fishes since adults get on difficultly. At their catching it is necessary to use either glass, or a plastic vessel as for a net of fish can be hooked by thorns. Parametres of water for the correct maintenance Anabas: rigidity to 20 °, рН 6.8-8.0, temperature 20 - 30°С. The filtration and weekly substitution to 20 % of volume of water is necessary.

Anabas uses in food live (for example, small fish, slices of crude beef) and a vegetative forage, and also substitutes. Are very gluttonous. In the nature eat a small small fish, earthworms and others invertebrates.

Spawning Anabas can pass not only in a specific aquarium, but also separate spawning from 200 litres with a water level 30 Parameters of water for cultivation Anabas see: rigidity to 10 °, рН 6.5-7.5, temperature 26 - 30°С. Frequent change of water is necessary. Spawning passes at a ground or in the water middle class. The female throws to 5000 transparent berries which rise to a water surface and there float. Manufacturers and fry do not touch caviar, but nevertheless it is better to transfer after spawning it in pond an aquarium. The incubatory period at temperature 24 °С lasts about one days. In 2 days fry start to float and eat. A starting forage: a live dust, it is preferable rotifers.

Sexual maturity Anabas reaches at the age of 1,5 years.


  1. Very nice fish! In the oilfield "fish" is not a good thing because it means you have lost tools inthe hole.
    To learn more about this type of fish visit

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  3. The fish in the picture is a cichlid, not an Anabas testudineus.