Tropical Fish Articles

A Closer Look at the Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Affinis)
A Closer Look at the Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Affinis)
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A Primer on Tropical Fish Families
A Primer on Tropical Fish Families
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Agassiz's Cory
Agassiz's Cory
Common Name: Agassiz's Cory. Scientific Name: Corydoras agassizii. Family: Callichthyidae. Sub-Family: Corydoradi...
Bala Shark
Bala Shark
If you look at this fish just right, it might actually look like a small shark. However, it's not a true shark. Unlike a true shar...
Betta Splendens: Caring for your little fighter
Betta Splendens: Caring for your little fighter
Betta Splendens, the Siamese fighting fish, more commonly known simply as a "Betta," originated in Thailand. They were first domesticated in...
Blind Cave Fish
Blind Cave Fish
At first glance, you might assume that there is something very wrong with this fish! This fish doesn't have any eyes! Don't feel sorry for...
Blue Botia Loach
Blue Botia Loach
Let's face it. The time after the holidays is truly depressing! Not only do we have to pay for all of those Christmas gifts we purchas...
Bumblebee Pim Catfish
Bumblebee Pim Catfish
This bumblebee can't fly! This bumblebee doesn't buzz! However, this bumblebee might sting you if you pick it up! That is, if you can find i...
Choosing Shoaling Aquarium Fish
Choosing Shoaling Aquarium Fish
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Clown Pleco
Clown Pleco
Common Name: Clown Pleco. Other Name: Ringlet Pleco. Scientific Name: Panaque maccus. Family: Loricariidae. ...
Dwarf Loach
Dwarf Loach
This loach isn't Sleepy! This loach isn't Sneezy! And this loach sure isn't Dopey! However, this loach can be just as entertaining and ...
Ghost Catfish
Ghost Catfish
At first glance, you might not even see this fish! After a closer look, you might think the aquarium is home to some tiny fish skeletons! Yo...
Giant Danio
Giant Danio
If you have always wanted a freshwater aquarium, or if you are just getting started in the hobby, you want a nice hardy fish that is easily ...
Green Spotted Puffer Profile
Green Spotted Puffer Profile
Common Name:Green Spotted Puffer.  Other Name:GSP.  Scientific Name:Tetraodon nigroviridis.  Family:Tetraodon.  Distribu...
Guppies 101
Guppies 101
Guppies are a fish that people talk a lot about. However, do you really know how neat your guppy is? The wild guppies look just like the fee...
Headstander Aquarium Fish
Headstander Aquarium Fish
Not only will this fish look down on you, it will also look down on all of the other fish, as well! It will look down on its own aquarium de...
Hillstream Loach
Hillstream Loach
Take a good look at this creature! It doesn't look like a freshwater fish at all! It looks like a reject from the Star Wars cantina scene!...
How to Increase Your Fishkeeping Fun
How to Increase Your Fishkeeping Fun
Do you really get the fullest amount of enjoyment out of your fish?, or is it hampered by little worries and anxieties? Do you sometimes wo...
Miniature Aquariums
Miniature Aquariums
There is a nasty rumor out there that small aquariums are more difficult to maintain than large aquariums. Well, I am here to put that myt...
Myths About Goldfish Bowls
Myths About Goldfish Bowls
All too often, we see this little sight on the cover of a package for a “bowl kit” at a pet store or in the bedroom of a ch...
Pink Kissing Gouramis
Pink Kissing Gouramis
It's that time of the year when all thoughts turn to love and romance! And what better way to focus on this time than to have a pair of ki...
Proper Nutrition for Plecos
Proper Nutrition for Plecos
First a general statement: Plecos, Loricariids, are not coprophagous scavengers. That is a fancy way of saying that they do not eat or cl...
Rainbow Shark
Rainbow Shark
At the end of this rainbow, you won't find a pot of gold! Instead, you'll find fins! That's because this rainbow is a shark! While this sh...
Red Bellied Pacu
Red Bellied Pacu
They are a large freshwater fish with a mouth full of tiny teeth! They will eat anything that looks edible! Heck, they will chew on many thi...
Red Tail Shark
Red Tail Shark
Yes, it is still safe to go back into the water! This fish isn't a great white! It's not even one of those great black sharks that I have to...
Red-Finned Cigar Shark
Red-Finned Cigar Shark
You can't light 'em up! You can't smoke 'em! They don't come in a box! And they aren't from Havana! Have you ever heard of the Red-Finned Ci...
Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)
Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)
Common Name: Betta (Bet-tuh) (also wrongly pronounced Beta (Bay-tuh), Siamese fighting fish. Scientific Name: Betta splendens. Th...
Silver Dollar Fish
Silver Dollar Fish
Tax time has arrived! And like usual, the taxman has taken more than his fair share! A share of your hard earned dollars and cents. However,...
Skunk Loach
Skunk Loach
At first glance, this loach may look like a lot of other loaches. You may think this loach is one of those energetic, peaceful clowns of ...
Swordtail Fish
Swordtail Fish
Whether you are a beginner in the freshwater fish hobby, or if you are just wanting to add a splash of color to an existing tank, this fis...
Ten Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish
Ten Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish
Betta fish, also called Siamese fighting fish are one of the most popular types of fish found in homes across the world. Their vibrant colo...
The Pictus Catfish: The Fish That Needs A Shave?!
The Pictus Catfish: The Fish That Needs A Shave?!
At first glance, there is no doubt that this fish is a type of catfish! Just check out those catfish whiskers! They are nearly as long as th...
Upside Down Catfish
Upside Down Catfish
That's right friends, don't try to adjust your computer monitor! Don't strain your neck! Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! It's one o...
What Exactly are Plecos?
What Exactly are Plecos?
On the boards people refer to their sucker-mouth catfishes as "plecos" or plecs (or pl*cos, but I'm not getting into that discuss...
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This section of Aquarium Life takes an in-depth look at various fish species. This section provides a bit more detail on some of the most popular tropical fish species.