Fish Families

Puffer Fish

Puffers are some of the & 39;cutest& 39; and most unique looking fish in the aquarium hobby!Puffer Fish are adorable looking fish with a comical, chubby appearance. They are particular curious because they have the ability to gulp air or water, puffing up until they look like a round ball. A number of common names used to described these unusual fish including Blowfish, Balloonfish, and Globefish; along with Toadies, Sugar Toady, Honey Toady, and Sea Squab....

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Knifefish

The graceful Knifefishes have an attractive elongated body, and yes... it is shaped like a knife!The Knifefish move in a beautiful smooth, rippling motion that is a pleasure to watch. Their bodies are long, tapered, and laterally compressed. This shape along with a continually moving fin on their underside, likens them to a household knife....

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Clownfish - Anemonefish

The & 34;clowns& 34; of the sea are named for their colors and their adorable & 39;waddle-like& 39; swimming motion!Clownfish are some of the most popular fish in the saltwater aquarium hobby. They are very beautiful, quickly catching the eye, and fun to watch. Even before Nemo became a household name they were extremely popular....

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DamselFish - Chromis

Colorful and sprightly, Damselfish are quite hardy and adapt easily to the aquarium!Many Damsels are brilliantly colored fish. Most tend to stay small, under 3.9 inches (19 cm), making them suitable for smaller aquariums. They are not fussy about eating and some get along fine with other fish and invertebrates....

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Goldfish Types

Goldfish are one of the all-time favorite fish of aquarists everywhere!Goldfish are very popular today, and have been for 100& 39;s of years. Not only are they beautiful and fun to watch but they have good memories and can become very sociable with their keepers. The average life span of the common goldfish is over 20 years and some have been known to live up to 32 years....

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Derbyan Parakeet

The mature Derbyan Parakeet is a striking bird with beautiful shades of violet blue on the head and breast!Though the Derbyan Parakeet is naturally a bit shy, seeming to prefer the company of birds to that of humans, with good socialization when they are young and ongoing regular handling, they make a wonderful pet....

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Sharks and Rays

Sharks and Rays can both be fun additions to an aquarium that is large enough to suit the particular species (minimum size 180 gallons for the smaller or less active species), and that provides the right environment.The Sharks and Rays belong to a subclass of animals called elasmobranchs. As noted by Scott W....

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World of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Land Invertebrates

Herptiles and arthropods are ancient inhabitants of our planet, evolving as many as 350 millions years ago!The wondrous diversity of these many creatures has intrigued and fascinated people since the beginning of time. The reptiles, amphibians, and land invertebrates found in the animal world demonstrate an infinite variety of shapes, patterns, colors, and habitats....

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Unusual Fish

What are unusual fish? These are simply strange fish... rare fish, odd fish and downright weird fish!Unusual fish are types of tropical fish that just don’t fit any of the typical groups. This a collection of the odd fish containing various true bony fish such as the Arapaima and Butterflyfish, pseudo-bony fish like the gar, pike, and sturgeonfish, as well as lungfish and a bunch of other strange fish....

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Perches

The Perches or Perch-like fishes are more unusual aquarium specimens and many are brackish water fish!Perches and Perch-like fish are part of the order Perciformes. This order contains over 10,000 species. Popular aquarium inhabitants in this large order include freshwater cichlids, gouramies, and wrasses....

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Cyprinid Fish

Cyprinids are favorite fish for both beginners and experts, and are easily spotted because they have only one top fin!Cyprinid fish make very attractive, hardy aquarium fish. They are usually some of the first types of fish kept by beginning aquarists. But these popular fish grace the tanks of many long time fish keepers as well....

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World of Small Animal Pets

Small Animal Pets FeaturesJersey Wooly RabbitLegendCare parametersSpecies Distribution MapsRead User CommentsWatch a VideoThumbnail IdentificationLink to more imagesJersey Wooly Rabbit, Dwarf Angora Rabbit Guinea Pig CareGuinea Pig Care, Guinea Pig Breeds Skinny PigSkinny Pig, Guinea Pig Care and Keeping Hairless Guinea Pigs English Spot RabbitEnglish Spot Rabbit Pet MousePet Mouse, Fancy Mice, Pet Mice, Mus musculus Muntjac Deer InfoMuntjac Deer Info, Leaf Muntjac Deer, Muntiacus puntoensis Teaching our children to have great interactions with their pets is a big responsibility for a parent....

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Blennies

Since they are a very active fish, Blennies make a good addition to a lively aquarium!Blennies are long, blunt headed fish. The male blennies are usually larger and more colorful than the females. The male may also change colors before and after spawning periods.Blennies like to perch in the rocks and will enjoy an aquarium with plenty of rockwork or live rock....

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World of Marine Aquariums

Marine aquariums and saltwater fish... capturing the imagination and inspiring enthusiasts for nearly two centuries!The world& 39;s oceans are inhabited with over 14,000 species of saltwater fish. A fascinating realm of sea creatures that are natural wonders of color, form, and display. With such an astounding diversity, learning about marine fish and keeping saltwater aquariums is an exciting adventure....

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Loaches

Loaches are interesting fish and wonderful scavengers, making them a handy addition to the aquarium!Loaches have a heightened sense of taste and smell as well as some very flexible body shapes. They will search out stray food wherever it falls. They are nocturnal, but they are great scavengers, especially appreciated by the aquarist....

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Types of Cichlids

Cichlids are one of the largest families of fishes with more than 2000 types of cichlids, and new species are being discovered every year!Cichlids are attractive, active, are generally quite durable fish. The Cichlid family offers the widest variety of body shapes, a vast range of sizes, and some very beautiful coloration and patterning....

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Characins

There& 39;s a good chance it& 39;s a Characin... if you see a freshwater fish with an adipose fin and no barbels!Characins are very large group of fish that make up the Order Characiformes. There are at least 1674 species contained in about 270 genera.A visual clue to a Characin is that it will have an adipose fin....

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Catfish Varieties

Catfish are so named, because of their barbels look a lot like cat whiskers!Catfish can be found in every ecological niche. They are found all over the world, though primarily in fresh water, with the exception of Antarctica. There are some that live in the oceans, though the few catfish that do live in seawater are thought to spawn in brackish water....

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Hillstream Loaches

Hillstream Loaches have sucker type mouths and fins adapted to cling to rocks in fast moving waters!Hillstream Loaches, also known as River Loaches, are a fascinating group of fairly small loaches. Most of these fish are only a few inches in length. They are generally found in rivers or streams, so to varying degrees, depending on the species, they are especially designed to cope with living in fast waters....

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Labyrinth Fish

The best known Labyrinth fish include the Betta (Siamese Fighting fish), Gouramis, and Paradise Fish!The Labyrinth fish, also called Anabantoids, are distinguished from all other types of fish. Most fish receive oxygen by passing water through their gills. However these fish possess an additional respiratory organ called the & 34;labyrinth organ& 34;, which gives them the distinct ability to breath oxygen....

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