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Cockerel fish


So the summer came, and with it the time for vacations that the whole family we spend away from home. At this time, questions arise: "How long can a rooster live without food?" Many owners of cockerels leaving the city do not know what to do with the fish. Some fear leaving her alone for even a day or two. Others hope that when they return home from a week's vacation, they will find the pet healthy and alive. I thought, and decided to take the opportunity to teach you how to feed a cockerel on a schedule. And also I will give some tips for maintaining the safe existence of your cock during summer vacations.

The fish are cold-blooded. Their metabolism (and food requirements) are dependent on the environment. As a rule, the cockerel is contained in warm water and therefore need more frequent feeding, in contrast to those living in cooler water. For example, Koi carp, they are fed regularly in the warm pond in summer, and in winter, when the water is close to freezing temperature, they can do without food for a long time. Cockerels are tropical fish and cannot withstand cold water. They require regular feeding and can not do without food for a long time. Although they survive hunger longer than mammals. Skipping a cock for a day or two is not a problem for him.
A large, healthy betta living in a full-fledged aquarium can live longer than someone who has health problems, is skinny or who lives in an aquarium without a filter. Ideally, in a 10 liter aquarium, fully operational - with plants and a filter, the cockerel will quietly live three hungry days. This is provided that I will return on the fourth day and feed him. And then every day I will feed.
Fish feeders are unreliable. They often sprinkle more feed than necessary, or even break down. The forums are filled with stories of broken feeders. If you are sure that there is no other way, then install a feeder a few days before the vacation. And watch the amount of feed delivered. Remember that if the feeder discharges all the food into the aquarium (there are a lot of such messages too), then decaying food will turn into ammonia and make your aquarium poisonous to fish.
It did not work out. This is ridiculous, but whenever I read letters from readers, where they ask: “How long will my cock live without food?”, I always tremble a little when I read that, the survivor means that the fish was not completely dead by returning home. A hunger strike is a terrible way of death, and no animal, no matter the size, should not starve. After some time (after 4 or 5 days), the body of the cockerel enters the survival mode, using the body's reserves. During long periods of hunger, stress can be enormous, and ultimately the kidneys fail, and then the body itself. Even if the cockerel seems healthy, its immune system can be weakened and susceptible to diseases that can lead to serious complications and even death. In nature, males live in an environment rich in vegetation and a huge number of larvae and insects, which are food for them. And therefore, the cockerel is unacceptably prolonged fasting.
Keep in mind that there are other dangers for the cockerel these days. Make sure that the container with the cockerel or the aquarium is covered, because the fish can jump out. Males are very jumping and often jump out. In addition, make sure that your equipment is in good condition. Make sure that the filter and the heating pad are well fixed, that the cock does not suck the filter when the basket falls off. If there is a heating pad - make sure that the temperature is set correctly. Often aquarium heaters get stuck in the heating position and the water can become very hot. Check if the aquarium is in direct sunlight or in an extremely cold place.

So, I have given you some key warning points. And the fact that during the weekend the cockerel can do without food. For longer trips than for several days, you need to ask friends or relatives to follow the fish. Fighting fish should never starve and remain unattended for a week or more.

Cockerel fish - a real decoration of the aquarium

Cockerel is a very beautiful and unusual aquarium fish that falls in love with itself at first sight in the photo! The variety of species allows aquarists to satisfy their passion for cockerels and enjoy them daily. They are unpretentious, not aggressive, easily breed in captivity and rarely get sick. Of course, if you provide them with competent care.

Cockerel fish belong to the type of labyrinth fish. This means that she only has gill breathing, like most fish, but also has a special labyrinth breathing organ. It appeared during evolution only among some of the inhabitants of the underwater world. As a result, the cockerel fish is practically independent of how much oxygen has been dissolved in the water.

All representatives of this species are not demanding on the quality of water, which means care for them is very simple, you can do without filters and aeration.


For many people, the small size of a cockerel creates the impression that it will be comfortable even in a glass. However, if you plan to acquire several fish, it is still better to provide them with suitable conditions in a full aquarium. They love to swim, hide in plants, hiding in small grottoes. In nature, they live in rice fields, so they are not suitable for a very deep, but spacious house, with a volume of at least 20 liters. In addition, the only way to achieve a balance of biochemical substances in water, which is necessary for the full development of the cockerel.

To make the rooster fish comfortable in the aquarium, it is better to adjust the temperature so that it is always in the range from 24 to 28 degrees. In this case, you can not worry if it temporarily dropped even to 18 degrees.

Despite the fact that this aquarium fish is unpretentious, it is necessary to study the parameters of optimal hardness and acidity. They will affect the life of your pets, as well as the size to which they can grow.


The cockerel matures for breeding in 3-4 months.

Spawning should be carried out in a separate aquarium with a volume of 7 liters or more. In it, special shelters from plants and grottoes are arranged in advance, so that the female has somewhere to hide from the male that is aggressive during this period. It is possible to stimulate reproduction if you replace most of the water, and increase its temperature by at least a few degrees. Fishes need time to get used to each other, and you can even put them in different containers, the main thing is that they see each other. Stimulation of live food is prohibited, and indeed during this period they are fed less to prevent the breeding of bacteria.

The male builds a nest before spawning. Small plants and saliva can help with this. When spawning starts, he collects eggs with his mouth and hides in a nest. At its end, the male independently protects the offspring and does not allow hatching larvae to spread.

How to feed a cockerel?

The rooster fish is omnivorous, which means that absolutely any food is suitable for it. You can give it dry or frozen, but most of all, of course, will be alive. They love bloodworms, zooplankton, as well as pipe moths and earthworms.

If, choosing what to feed a cockerel, you stopped on a dry feed, watch out for variety, so that the fish is not accustomed to monotony.

It is important to ensure that the portion size allows you to eat it in a quarter of an hour. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, so for preventive purposes it is necessary to arrange fasting days, it will be enough one day a week.

These aquarium fish are fed a couple of times a day. If the feed remains, it is better to immediately remove it and slightly reduce the next portion

Types of Cockerel Fish

It is customary to divide the cockerel fish by color, as well as by the size of the fins and their shape. They can be one-color, two-and multi-color.

Depending on the fins, cockerel fish are divided into the following types:

  • crescent
  • veiled tail
  • carpail
  • flag-tailed
  • giant
  • crowned
  • deltailed
  • roundtail
  • two-tailed
  • carpail
  • poster

Breeders are constantly experimenting and more and more interesting species are emerging. Which fish to choose depends on the taste and imagination of the aquarist! Any of them will decorate your home underwater world and bring new colors.

Life span

How long a cockerel lives, depends primarily on where you bought it. Good stores initially provide comfortable living conditions, breed fish properly and comply with breeding technologies. Their staff will be happy to advise you on how to simplify the adaptation of the fish in the new aquarium and extend its life.
On average, the cockerel lives up to 4 years, but of course, there are cases when they lived much longer. Comfortable conditions, proper nutrition and disease prevention will help you spend as much time as possible with your pet.

In order for the fish to not get sick, you need to monitor its condition and respond to changes in time, sending sick representatives to other aquariums.

They are characterized by the following diseases:

  • fin rot
  • ichthyophthyroidism
  • oodiniosis

The causes of these diseases lie in the poor quality of water, parasites, untimely cleaning of the soil. If you notice in time that something is wrong with the fish, the diseases are easily defeated and the males return to their usual lives.


Before you place the rooster fish in a common aquarium, you should study the question of who they can get along with, and which fish it is better to keep them away.

A cockerel practically does not show aggression, except that males can fight each other within their species. That is why fame goes about them, as about fighting fish.

The best compatibility of a rooster fish is with pecillia, swordsmen, brocade and speckled catfish, befortia, cockroaches, Congo, loricaria and many other similar fish. But with tilapia, with parrot fish, piranhas, etc., it’s better not to settle them.