I have a few spots on my bright yellow body – can you find them?
The Flagfin Angelfish is also called the Three-spot Angelfish – because of its three
The Flagfin Angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus is considered a very beautiful angel. Its main color is bright yellow, with an obvious black spot on its forehead and a purple mouth. This angel can grow fairly large – reaching 9.8″ (25 cm)! It has another common name – the Three-spot Angelfish – because of the three spots it has. These are a spot above the eye, the spot on its forehead, and faded spots behind each of its gill covers.
The Apolemichthys genus has eight species within it. The Flagfin Angelfish is the most common and is imported the most frequently. Most of the angels in this genus are considered to be quite hardy, but unfortunately the Flagfin Angelfish is not among the hardy ones. These angelfish are difficult to maintain for a long time in home aquariums. The main reason for this is they have special dietary needs that are hard to mimic in an aquarium… Read More
If you are fascinated by saltwater fish… This is going to be fun and exciting.
Under the Sea Radio Show…. Join us!
Blog/Talk radio show featuring Clarice Brough from Animal-World. Learn about hardy saltwater fish for the beginning marine aquarist. The discussion will be centered around an aquarium the size of 30 gallons, and the hardy fish that are available for beginning saltwater aquarists. Included will be Damselfish, Clownfish, Cardinals and many others.
Keeping marine fish is a wonderful hobby. If you are a beginner about to start your first saltwater aquarium, you are embarking on a grand adventure. Marine fish are some of the most spectacular aquatic animals, and there is a very diverse and magnificent selection to choose from. The benefits of keeping saltwater fish are many. They are entertaining, relaxing, and make an incredibly beautiful show piece for your home.
Saltwater fish keeping is an exciting hobby for anyone interested in learning more about life in our oceans. You can see pictures and information for all sorts of marine species in our World of Saltwater Aquariums atlas too.
“Zebra Cichlids are from Lake Malawi and are rock-dwellers! Also called Mbuna Cichlids, here you can find out about their care!”
One of the most popular Lake Malawi Cichlids are the Zebra Cichlids!
Zebra Cichlids, or Mbuna Cichlids, are from Lake Malawi in Africa. These are popular cichlids – and they are known for their aggressiveness and their activeness. There are many species that belong to 12 genera and they are all rock dwelling cichlids. The word “mbuna” is African and means “rockfish.”
Zebra Cichlids are the most popular of the Mbuna group cichlids. All Mbuna Cichlids used to be in the Pseudotropheus genus, but now there are several other genera that many have been moved to. Now Zebra Cichlids include Pseudotropheus, Tropheops, and Maylandia genera. All of these cichlids are very attractive and are often kept in good size community tanks together.
A total of 9 genera are in the Mbuna species and these include many different color morphs as well. They are quite beautiful with several different bright colors and patterns. Usually Mbuna females are yellow and Mbuna males are blue, regardless of genera, however they can be colored with black bars as well… Read More
“What’s the best way to have a blast?… Consider adding a Blasto Coral to your aquarium!”
The Blasto Coral is a unique coral and is popular among aquarists!
The Blasto Coral is one of the Blastomussa Corals and they have many color variations. The Blasto Coral Blastomussa wellsi is actually one of two Blastomussa corals that many people like. The other one is the Pineapple Coral Blastomussa merleti.
Most people actually prefer the The Blasto Coral B. wellsi over the B. merleti because it can be aquacultured into many colors – such as purple, green, pink, red, yellow and occasionally blue, as well as a many combinations of these colors. But it does have downfalls, such as being more difficult to care for and maintain. This coral also goes by the names Open Brain Coral, Swollen Brain Coral, Wellsi’s Brain Coral, Blastomussa Coral, Big Pipe Blastomussa, Pineapple Coral, and Blastomussa Wellsi… Read More
Large South American Cichlids
“Large South and Central American Cichlids! Here are tips on keeping large cichlid aquariums, different types of cichlids, their habitats, and their personalities!”
These Large South American Cichlids include some amazing and beautiful looking show
Many people really enjoy having show aquariums, especially for large American Cichlids. These cichlids tend to have very interesting temperaments, personalities, and along with their sizes – they really make great show specimens! Large South American Cichlids also interact with their owners and other fish/animals in their environment! These great personalities and behaviors really make keeping them as pets enjoyable!
Large South American Cichlids are part of the large cichlid family, which provides many different types of fish for different aquarium environments. They are usually durable fish. Some large cichlid hybrids are also available and they come in many different colors. Some examples are the Flowerhorn Cichlid and the Blood Parrot.
Some of these larger cichlids are better-tempered than most. All cichlids are aggressive fish, but some of the gentler ones include Angelfish, Discus, and the Severum. These ones can often be kept in community aquariums, whereas most others have to be kept singly… Read More
Sharks are creatures of the deep. They are similar to their prehistoric ancestors in build and purpose. If you are fascinated with this aquatic character, here are some things you need to know about buying a pet shark.
Sharks can be classified as what people call “exotic pets.” They are not the typical type of animal that one takes into their home as a companion. For many pets, there are no special requirements for living environment except comfort. With sharks, you are dealing with a different habitat – the sea.
Most sharks are saltwater fish. This means that you would need to create that same environment within your home if you want your pet to thrive and survive. But this doesn’t need to be your first consideration when deciding on this type of pet. Let’s begin at the beginning.
What to Know before Owning a Pet Shark
1. Research – Just like with any other purchase, research all there is to know about it. When it comes to sharks, this will include but not be limited to: types of sharks kept as pets, housing requirements, expense, breeders, veterinary care and maintenance.
2. Cost – Owning exotic pets often comes with a high price tag. Because sharks need a lot of room to move, this dictates a large aquarium or pool environment for them. If you don’t already own one, you’ll have to construct it. Factor in dietary needs as well.
3. What to expect – Your pet may start off at four inches long but grow to over a foot in length. This may require a larger habitat in no time at all. Also, sharks are aggressive by nature. You don’t want your choice of pet to put you or others at risk.
4. Know the law – There are different regulations in each state that govern the ownership of certain types of pets. The last thing you want is to run afoul of the law.
5. Ask the experts – Find out from breeders how to spot a sick animal so you don’t get “had” your first time out. Learn to recognize if your shark is not well and needs medical attention.
A pet shark can be a wonderful addition to your home if you are ready for the responsibility. If not, you are endangering the life of the animal entrusted to your care. To that end, establish your shark habitat before bringing it home.
Be sure that you have a large enough aquarium with the proper salt content, sandy bottom and aquarium extras (rocks, etc.) to satisfy the needs of your new pet. A minimum aquarium size is about 200 gallons (depending on the type). Your shark will grow quickly and you don’t want to have to upgrade too soon.
Give your new pet shark every advantage by doing your homework first.
“This is a sea mat type of button coral! They form clusters of polyps on “mats” of sand!”
Moon Polyps received their name from the way their clusters of polyps appear –
in the shape of half moons!
The Moon Polyps Palythoa sp., are called by other names as well, including Encrusting Anemones, Sea Mats, and Zoanthid Button Polyps. They are actually colonial anemones and are fairly common in home reef aquariums. This genus alone, however, has lots of variety. They have polyps which are partially embedded in a mat and are quite short. Every polyp has flat discs that are covered with tentacles on their rims. Some species have tentacles which are very long and thin while others are knobby and short. Colors range from white, yellow, brown, cream, coffee, or yellow!
Palythoa sp. have a “mat” called the coenenchyma which connects the polyps. These polyps have little parts of sand and/or sediment that they use in the mat to make it more stiff and easier to support a colony. These extra bits of sand and sediment which make up the debris account for about 45% of the weight. The colonies grow in half-moon shapes (convex) and grow anywhere from 4″ to 12″ (10 – 30 cm) in diameter… Read More
“If you want all colors of the rainbow in your reef, try the Acan Echinata!”
The Acan Echinata comes in all rainbow colors and is quite beautiful!
The Acan Echinata Acanthastrea echinata is a member of the Mussidae family and is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. They come in color combinations of brilliant oranges, reds and greens. This is the most popular Acanthastrea species after the Acan Lord A. lordhowensis. Other names the A. echinata are called by include the Starry Cup Coral, Pineapple Coral, Echinata Coral, Artichoke Coral, Rainbow Acan, Acan Brain Coral, and the Rainbow Acanthastrea.
The A. echinata has been bred and grown in captivity very successfully which has led to a variety of colors being available. Colors that come from captive bred specimens include rust oranges, gray lavenders, green combinations, and fused or grafted specimens that have more than one color. Specimens which are propagated to have certain color combinations are often called names such as the Rainbow Acan Echinata, the Orange Crush Acan Echinata, the Lavender Green Acan Echinata, and so on… Read More
“All about the different Dwarf Cichlids, including South American and African Dwarf Cichlids. Learn about their natural habitats and how to keep them successfully!”
These Dwarf Cichlids are perfect for aquarists wanting a smaller aquarium!
Dwarf Cichlids are much smaller than regular cichlids once full-grown and they are also usually more peaceful. This also allows people to keep them in smaller aquariums as well as have a more community type of tank with other varieties of fish. It is also less common for them to have destructive habits such as digging holes in the substrate and destroying aquarium plants that larger cichlids have. All in all they are much better suited for other tankmates and a nicely planted aquarium, which is good for more casual fish keepers.
South American Dwarf Cichlids, as well as Apistogramma, are great for limited space aquariums and are just as amazing to interact with and watch as the large South American Cichlids. Most of them are also fairly easy to breed in the aquarium setting, which is just one more plus side to keeping Dwarf Cichlids… Read More
Corky Sea Finger
“This coral actually gets its shape by growing on and over other Gorgoninas – which makes him more “quirky” than corky!”
The Corky Sea Finger reproduces easily and is quite easy to care for – making it a great
The Corky Sea Finger Briareum asbestinum, also goes by the name of the Purple Corky Finger. It is quite beautiful and has a finger shape, which is helped formed because it actually grows over and on other gorgonian species. These Gorgonians thrive in many conditions and are native to areas all over the Western Atlantic Ocean, including pristine and clean waters as well as more nutrient rich areas of water. They most often inhabit knee deep shallow waters. These corals are extremely popular and are collected more often than any other species. Other names this species goes by include the Purple Corky Finger, the Caribbean Corky Finger, the Moss Coral, the Deadman’s Finger, and the Sea Stalk Briareum.
These Gorgonians have another neat quality – if they have green tentacles with a purple base, then they have a fantastic glow when kept unter actinic lighting! The mat of the Corky Sea Finger is usually tan or purplish and gray with calyces that are basically just nubs and which are slightly raised… Read More