Ecology of The Roaches
The Roach is approximately 35 cm; hence it’s a tiny fish. The color of its body is bluish silvery with a white abdomen, whereas its fins are red. Its lateral line has about 39-48 scales. The number of rays on its dorsal fins ranges from 12 to 14. The young ones are slim, whereas the older ones have a long and wide body. You can quickly identify the Roach by the big red mark in its iris and next to the pupil. In some surroundings, the eyes and fins have pale colors.
Roaches mostly live in a freshwater environment with some little plant life that provides protection to their young ones and the larva. Adult roaches can use the vegetation for food. The common Roach eats different kinds of food such as plant substance, warms and maggots, and invertebrates living underwater.
Roaches mostly eat plankton until they become bigger to a size where they can eat different foods. Roaches can get used to environments with less invertebrates where they can grow slowly, retain their slim bodies, and mature quickly. Roaches can live for 15 years and above.