Beuty is a member of the Beuty family, a large genus containing eight subspecies. It is part of the Cryptodirae genus of cichlids. It belongs to the genus Diogenidae. With regards to captivity, it is a predatory cichlid that is commonly kept in tanks of freshwater and occasionally in saltwater.
Its scientific name, Sauropodium flexuosa, means “salt water flexure sucker.” This fish has got a grayish band at the lateral line of the anal fin. The anal fin is also colored somewhat darker than the head, sides and hind limbs. It has a pair of anal fins that are as long as the entire body.
In nature, Beuty’s population lives in clean streams and rivers but it is very unlikely that it will end up in a dirty aquarium. It is susceptible to a number of diseases, especially when introduced into an already stressed tank. A disease called hemroids is common in this fish and can cause gravel formation and other abnormalities in the fishes color and consistency. Beuty does respond well to antibiotic treatments but there is no available treatment for hemroids.
Beuty tends to get into small aquatic plants that contain protein for food. As a consequence, it is imperative that you do not place them with other species that are likely to eat the protein. This is because it will readily take over their food. Other fish are usually more suited to eating algae, phytoplankton and other foodstuffs that are present in small bodies of water.
Although Beuty has a large range of common diseases, its primary disease by far is hemroids. In general, hemroids are masses of inflamed tissue. They occur on the anal fin and the gill covers. If they become inflamed, they will cause abnormal growth of hair along the anal and gill covers. This condition is often fatal.
Despite the fact that beauty is not very active, it does make an interesting pet. They are relatively easy to maintain and provide years of enjoyment for the aquarist who likes a lively fish. This is a popular fish for individuals who like to keep exotic species. They make an excellent addition to any aquarium.
Beuty is rarely seen in the wild. In captivity, they will adapt to life in a variety of conditions, including terrestrial, freshwater and saltwater environments. This specie does require a good deal of tank space in order to survive. It is a fairly easy fish to keep.
It is important to have this fish feed well and be conditioned properly. In particular, algae should be fed regularly. They will accept flaked tropical flakes, blood-worms and brine shrimp. Koi and angelfish will also be acceptable foods. Freshwater algae are likely to be rejected as they can be contaminated with high levels of waste.
It is important to avoid picking up any disease from this specie. If caught in time, it should survive. Its natural enemies include white spot, chromium species and velvet blades. These parasites can be avoided by keeping Beuty clean and conditioned.