Boleophthalmus boddarti

1. July 2007

Boleophthalmus boddarti

These beautiful mudskippers from West Bengal (India) are somewhat sensitive and are therefore only occasionally imported. A well-established brackwater aquarium with a water level between 5-10 cm is needed for the successful keeping of these fish. When water conditions are not kept optimally these fish will soon suffer from signs of intoxication. All mudskippers need air to breathe. They take in the air and pump it into special chambers around the gill area. They also use the air for buoyancy. The swimming bladder alone does not suffice. The first time mudskippers are released in a fish tank they will go under but with all their strength they will swim to the surface in order to get in their first air, which will give them enough floating power for easy swimming. Mudskippers use their pelvic fins for support and to move swiftly on the ground above the surface of the water. They also possess pockets under their eyes with water in order to keep their sensitive eyes moist when they stay above the surface for longer times. (Photo: Frank Schäfer, Text: Izaak den Daas)

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