Tropical Fish title

I have never met anyone who popped in and did not mention the enjoyment of looking at the fish. Equally some of them have said they will start, but often say it must be too hard for them. That is not true! Tropical fish needs to be cared for, yet not as much as traditional pets, such as cats and dogs. An example of the difference is feeding time. Fish, in the wild, often miss food for a period of time. I think that is unlike the cats and dogs feeding time. The opposite side is that such things as dogs and cats become part of your family whereas fish probably do not. One aspect about feeding fish is that it is very critical! Too many fish die as their owners over fed them. My view is that if a fish equates to an adult, they only need to be fed once a day. As said above, if due to other commitments they cannot be fed for a day or slightly longer, the food must be the same level as normal or perhaps less.

As you will see below, I have written about fish within their family groups, yet also various other items. As for the names, the family name can be classed as a common name, however the fish are shown as common and scientific names. Some the fish have no common name, therefore only the scientific name shown. I am only listing the type of fish I have kept.

Dwarf Gourami Anabantids have the facility of breathing atmospheric air. Their labyrinth organ allows them to survive in waters that have limited oxygen. They build bubble-nests for breeding and the male blows the eggs with bubbles of saliva. Dependant on the size of the tank, females are best kept away from the male after spawning and then the male once the fry are swimming.

Their barbels equate to cats' whiskers therefore their name, catfish. With the exception of the north and south poles, they are found throughout the world. As they are generally found at the bottom levels and are not good swimmers, they anchor themselves to surfaces using their sucker mouths. Most are nocturnal, bar Corydoras who are active by day. Peppered Corydoras

Cardinal Tetra Characins go from a lovely peaceful, small fish to the one many people fear, Piranha! Regardless of that comment, many of the fish have bright colours and through shoaling the delight is wonderful. As you will read within, their ears are far better than other fish and one needs it as they are blind. They swim mainly in the middle of the tank.

Cichlids have an amazing behaviour! On one hand they are good parents and on the other they are territorial, with some worse than others. In breeding, some males dig a breeding pit and then the female lays the eggs into it. The eggs and subsequently the fry are protected. Any other fish that swims too close to the eggs or fry will have an unhappy male parent chasing them off. Occasionally the female parent joins in but more often she is beside the eggs or fry, leaving the male to deal with it. Ram

Harlequin Rasbora Cyprinids are active and prefer to stay in groups. They are popular fish for those keeping tropical fish. They include barbs, goldfish and sharks. In case you wonder, shark is a common name for some of them and they are not sharks, as its their shape, which is similiar to those in the sea. One thing for Cyprinids is they love to eat!

When reading a book about Gobies, the majority of them are about marine or brackish Gobies. Brackish water is the area where rivers flow into the sea and therefore become slightly salty. As I keep freshwater fish, I have only one species and as you can see they are attractive fish. Peacock Goby

Guppy Livebearers produce fry rather than eggs. These are easily bred and more often than not they do not come from the natural environment. Due to man-made substances, the fish you see in a shop are completely different to those in the wild. Either way, those in shops are fine and the fish are community fish and peaceful.

Loaches dwell at the bottom however the one described within generally swims though out the tank but more often than not from mid-bottom levels. They're mainly shy and certain loaches hide themselves under the gravel. Like catfish, they have barbels to help them locate food, without them, they would have a problem in murky waters. Clown Loach

Link Due to the name I first thought Rainbows fish were colourful, I was right! On top of that, they are active whist still being peaceful and like to be in groups. Their natural habitats are Australia, New Guinea and adjacent islands.

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