CICHLID COMPATIBILITY: FEBRUARY WEEK 2 AQUARIUM TRENDS

Cichlid Compatibility: February Week 2 Aquarium Trends
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 13, 2017
In the second week of February 2017, one of the highest trending topics in aquarium-related social media is in regard to cichlid compatibility. Keep reading to learn more about housing cichlids with catfish and other sepcies as well as some interesting information about how cichlids communicate aggression through their urine.
With more than 2,000 different species currently identified, cichlids account for some of the most popular aquarium fish in the industry. In addition to being highly proliferated, cichlids are also among the most colorful and unique freshwater fish. This week on social media, various cichlid compatibility-related topics have been trending including cichlids that are compatible with catfish and housing red terrors and Jack Dempsey cichlids together. There has also been some interesting research released regarding methods cichlids use to communicate.

Cichlids and Catfish: Are They Compatible?

On Monday February 13, the Twitter handle @fishlore, run by Aquarium Fish Forum, posted a question regarding the compatibility of catfish and cichlids. The question was posed by FishLore forum user Cichlidtankowner in hopes of identifying some potentially compatible catfish species to add to an existing 60-gallon African cichlid tank. Among the nearly one dozen responses to the post were numerous implications that catfish in general African cichlids are too aggressive to be kept with most other species, including catfish.

To further explore this topic, you may want to review an article posted on Cichlid-Forum.com that talks specifically about compatibility issues with African cichlids. This post does make an important point – that there are hundreds of different species of African cichlid and each one has its own compatibility issues. For the most part, however, you can reduce African cichlid aggression by not keeping conspecifics in the same tank. A conspecific is simply a fish of similar morphology. For example, many Lake Malawi...

WHAT'S THAT? THE TOP 10 STRANGEST LOOKING SALTWATER FISH

What's That? The Top 10 Strangest Looking Saltwater Fish
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 03, 2017
There are some odd=looking animals out there but these ten saltwater fish are among the strangest.
Saltwater fish are some of the most beautiful and colorful animals in the world. All you have to do is look up pictures of a coral reef to see every color of the rainbow represented. Some saltwater fish exhibit bright solid colors while others are covered in intricate patterns. But there are also plenty of saltwater fish that are downright strange in terms of their appearance. Keep reading to learn about the top 10 strangest looking saltwater fish species that you can keep at home.

1. Lionfish

Even if you didn’t know what they were called until just now, you already know what a lionfish looks like. Lionfish are those striped fish that look like they are covered in porcupine spikes. These fish are strange-looking for sure, but it in a beautiful way. Do not be fooled by their beauty, however – they are some of the most dangerous fish in the ocean as well. Lionfish are carnivorous fish which means that they feed on meaty foods like shrimp, crustaceans, and other fish. These fish can also grow very large, over 1 foot in length! If you are thinking about keeping lionfish yourself, you should definitely plan on having at least a 120-gallon tank and you should think twice about adding other species to the tank.

2. Hawkfish

This group of fish can be found in tropical coral reefs throughout the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans. Hawkfish have elongated bodies with large heads – they also have merged dorsal fins connected by spines that...

CARE GUIDE FOR KEEPING BRACKISH AND FRESHWATER PUFFERS

Care Guide for Keeping Brackish and Freshwater Puffers
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 03, 2017
The name "puffer fish" conjures an image of a balloon-like animal but these fish are so much more than their comical appearance. Keep reading to learn what makes puffer fish unique and how to care for them.
If you have been an aquarium hobbyist for any length of time, you’ve probably come across some unique species of fish. Some fish are bright and colorful while others have interesting fin shapes. One fish that is especially unique is the puffer fish. There are a variety of different kinds of puffer fish out there – freshwater, brackish, and even saltwater. Keep reading to learn more about how to care for brackish and freshwater puffers.
 
What Do Puffer Fish Look Like?

Though the exact details will vary from one species to another, most puffer fish have the same kind of body shape. The best way to describe the shape of a puffer fish’s body is to call it chubby or club-shaped. Another interesting point about the puffer fish is that their bodies are completely rigid. Most fish have the ability to bend their bodies side to side, at least to some degree, but the puffer fish does not. Puffers rely solely on their fins for balance as well as motion. But what really sets the puffer fish apart from other species is its unique ability to change size. As the name suggests, puffer fish are able to “puff” themselves up so that they appear larger – this is a defense mechanism they use to scare off predators. Additionally, puffer fish have small, prickly spines all over their bodies.


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