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African Cichlid
Because there are so many varieties to choose from, African Cichlids are certainly one of the most popular of all aquarium fish. Africans are not without their challenges to the aquarist, however. They can be aggressive, predatory, and destructive.
Barbs
Barbs consist of some of the most popular of all tropical fish, adding color, interest, and beauty to any larger community aquarium. These fish are active schooling fish that require plenty of swimming room and a tight fitting lid.
Damselfish
Damselfish are found throughout the world, and are almost always associated with coral reefs. The average size of most Damsels in captivity is around two inches, but in the wild the largest member of this family reaches over 14 inches in length.
Dragonface Pipefish
Dragonface pipefish feed upon small crustaceans like copepods, and amphipods. The Dragonface Pipefish not only offers a natural solution to these pests, but is also a very interesting addition for the advanced aquarist.
Dwarf Gourami
Dwarf Gouramis are freshwater fish belonging to the family Belontidae and are referred to as anabantoids or labyrinth fish. Gouramis have the amazing ability to gulp air from the surface of the water.
Fancy Goldfish
Fancy Goldfish refers to members of the Goldfish family specifically bred to enhance certain colors or body characteristics, such as the tail or head shape.
Golden White Cloud
Golden White Cloud is a striking color variation of the White Cloud Mountain Minnow. This variety displays a beautiful gold body with red markings toward the tail and on each side of the head. The Golden White Cloud is a peaceful schooling fish.
Livebearers: Freshwater Species Profile
Livebearers fun and very popular tropical aquarium fish. Many experienced aquarists continue to delight in the care and breeding of these colorful freshwater fish.
Mushroom Coral
Mushroom corals commonly have the appearance of round disks but are available in a multitude of colors and patterns. They are sometimes referred to as a "false" coral because they do not have an internal skeleton like other corals.
Nassarius sp. Snails
Members of the genus Nassarius are some of the most interesting and effective scavengers of all marine snails. They spend most of their time buried in the sand, with only their siphon extending above the substrate.
Red Lobster
Common Red Lobster plays a very important role in creating a balanced ecosystem. They are extremely efficient scavengers that will also bring interesting behavior and variety to your freshwater aquarium or pond.
Red Mangroves
Mangroves are aquatic trees or shrubs that grow in the coastal waters of the world's tropical oceans. These "rainforests by the sea" prevent erosion and house a diverse population of indigenous animals.
Strawberry Crab
The Strawberry Crab, also known as the Red Boxing Crab, originates from the pristine waters of Hawaii. They are bright pink with many small white spots. Their front claws, which they use to feed, are blunt and flat on the inside of the hinge.
Tetras
Tetras are members of the of the Characidae family that can be recognized by the adipose fin, a small rounded fin between the dorsal fin and tail. These fish have several bones that join the inner ear and swim bladder, which enhances their hearing.
Tiger Barb
Tiger Barbs are colorful schooling fish with a playful, active personality. A member of the family Cyprinidae, this very hardy freshwater fish is a safe bet for beginners. Tiger Barbs tend to establish somewhat of a pecking order.
Wrasses of the Genus Cirrhilabrus
Wrasses within the genus Cirrhilabrus are extremely well-suited to saltwater fish and reef aquariums for many reasons. They thrive in relatively shallow water and adapt readily to the home aquarium. They do not harm corals or invertebrates.
Zebra Danio
Zebra Danios, Danio rerio, are freshwater fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae. They are hardy tropical fish perfect for begining aquarists.

 

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