Is the keep­ing and breed­ing of Parosphromenus “difficult”?

The rep­u­ta­tion of Parosphromenus is of being “dif­fi­cult” as an aquar­ium fish. This is only par­tially cor­rect. If you want to feed fish gen­er­ally with com­mer­cial flake food and keep them in reg­u­lar tap water, you will find them dif­fi­cult. But for those who rec­og­nize that in small aquar­i­ums, all they need is live food and sim­ple meth­ods to pre­pare suit­able water, that rul­ing will not be true.

Another often-​named rea­son to avoid these fish, is the fact that they are hard to come by. This is because pet shops are based on the mass mar­ket and can­not pro­vide the water and the food the fish need. Only rarely do some Parosphromenus find their way into its sales pool, where they look stressed, pale and unhealthy. There­fore, the net­work of Paros friends is impor­tant. Through this, you can receive almost all species and forms and in good quality.

Some­thing spe­cial is often demo­nized. True, other fish are often much larger, eas­ily to get and to keep. And we have become adapted to use the big, bright, fully planted aquar­ium, so that small, darker and less species rich planted aquar­i­ums are con­sid­ered dif­fi­cult to main­tain. The oppo­site is true, proved by the new fash­ion of the so-​called nano-​aquarium. For Parosphromenus we do not even need all the tech­nol­ogy that is offered for this.

The small Parosphromenus are excep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful, colour­ful, peace­ful, and no more del­i­cate than some other fash­ion­able fish. They are ideal res­i­dents of small aquar­i­ums. They con­nect us with the envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems of the earth and allow us to develop an aquar­ium hobby that is less super­fi­cial and market-​dependent. Net­work mem­bers of the Parosphromenus project, get access to a new world of the hobby, which can be more sat­is­fy­ing, more com­mu­nica­tive and more sus­tain­able. Together they reduce the objec­tive dif­fi­cul­ties and laugh at the sub­jec­tive, which in the face of beauty and threat of this spe­cial fishes are negligible.

One more thing: From bee­keep­ers on hob­by­ists all have alter­na­tive meth­ods of oper­a­tion. Every­one must choose the best for him. The same applies to the keep­ing and breed­ing of Parosphromenus. Apart from the basic require­ments , quite dif­fer­ent modes of oper­a­tion will be found. Again, as with the bee­keeper: Find out what suits your sit­u­a­tion (water and food pro­cure­ment, aquar­ium size, instal­la­tion, main­te­nance cycle, exten­sive or inten­sive breed­ing, plant-​rich or poor planted basins, etc.) and then do it this way!


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