Mistus fish belongs to the killer whale catfish family and has an elongated body and a mustache on the upper jaw. On the body there are from five to six longitudinal lines that gradually taper towards the tail; their color ranges from blue or light purple to dark brown or black. Behind the gill cover there is a spot, the fins are transparent. Females are larger and denser than males, which are more slender and bright.
The maximum size reaches 20 centimeters, but as a rule the fish grows up to 15 cm. The fish prefers the lower layers of water located at the very bottom. It is distinguished by peace, can live in tandem with the rest of the fish.
It feeds on dry or frozen food in the winter, in the summer preference is given to earthworms or fast-sinking fodder, they begin to feed with brine shrimp.
Maintenance and care
The minimum volume of water per individual is 100 liters, plants, all kinds of driftwood and decorations will also be required. All elements must be fixed, because the movements of the fish can displace them. The water temperature should be from 21-27 degrees at a pH of water from 6 to 7.
Malek grows rapidly at pH7.0 and a temperature of 26 to 28 degrees with minimal carbonate hardness. A 100 liter spawning and spawning grill will be required, with compressor and water filter. Breeding occurs by the method of pituitary injection and at the same time the female tosses about 1000 eggs. Larvae - in a day, and in another day fry appear, growing quickly.