Banded Cichlid

Distribution Northern Amazon basin and the Guv anas. Naturalized in southern Nevada (U S.A.). Description Shape very deep body, almost ova compressed profile. Color very variable according to provenance, age and mood. Ground color ranges fro brassy yellow to dark brown, the belly always lighter, head and nape often greenish, with reddish-brown or greenish spots and small stripes. Size up to 8 in (20 cm) Sexual differences males already recognizable at 2 u (5...

Banjo Catfish

Family Aspredimdae. Distribution Tropical South America east of the Andes from Venezuela to Argentina. Description Shape low. very flat, something like c dragon kite in shape. Very long, compressed caudo peduncle. Caudal fin square-cut. Spine of pectora fins thickened and barbed A pairof barbels on the uppe jaw, very long and reaching the pectoral fins. Two pair of short barbels on the lower jaw. Rows of outgrowths o the skin along the sides of the body. Color relative uniform...

Black Ruby Barb

Distribution Southern Sri Lanka. Description Shape deep-bodied species win a pointed head no barbels. Color normally yellowish gray. In both sexes the head is a fine purple red. Size JB to 2Jin (6cm). Sexual differences in the female he basal part of all the vertical fins is black, in the male he whole dorsal fin is a deep black, the anal fin blackish rj the pelvic fins reddish. At spawning time the rrvile changes color as represented in the photograph. Environment Quietly...

Bleedingheart Tetra

Distribution Colombia. Description Shape deep-bodied. Color upper part of body grayish green to brown, with light-red sheen the lower part of the body shows a reddish silver color Throat and belly orange, with mother-of-pearl highlights. Red dorsal fin with broad, white-edged black stripes. A vertical black bar through the eye. Size 2Jin (6cm). Sexual differences female bulkier male has pointed, elongated and enlarged dorsal fin, Environment Temperature around 77 F (25 C). pH...

Blind Cavefish

Cave-dwelling variety once considered to be a separate species, Anoptichthys jordan Distribution Cave form in underground waters of Mexico surface form widespread from Texas to Panan a Description Shape small, elongated, fairly i t sided, with a profile curved equally above and below Adipose fin present anal fin with long base Color surface form a silvery to light brassy sheen on sidus, back olive Cave form monotone pink tint with a silver sheen eyes minute, completely buried...

Cardinal Tetra

Cheirodon axelrodi Family Characidae. Distribution Tributaries of the Rio Negro and the Orinoco. Description Shape long and thin. Color brilliant red lateral stripe begins at the tip of the snout and reaches to the base of the tail fin. extending over the belly and throat Luminous green lateral stripe. Back reddish brown, belly silvery. Size 1Jin (4cm). Sexual differ ences the female is a heavier fish, with a fuller belly. Environment Temperature 73-75'F (23-24 C) 79-82 F (26-28 C) for breeding...

Cherry Barb

Family Cyprinidae, Distribution Sri Lanka. Description Shape elongated, rather compn 36(j body. One pair of barbels. Color fawn-colored on ton with a greenish sheen sides and belly a gleaming r.i Vgr often reddish. A horizontal stripe (brownish bi, deep bluish black) extends from the tip of the snout through the eye to the base of the caudal fin. Above n ts an iridescent, metallic line, gold at the front turnir i0 blue or sea green toward the tail Size up to 2 in (5 cm) Sexual differences males...

Chinese Barb

Family Cyprinidae Distribution Southeast China. Description Shape medium-long barb. Adult spoCl mens have highly arched backs. A short pair of barbei ori the upper jaw at the corners of the mouth Color back light to reddish brown. Sides metallic green or yel green, with brassy or golden sheen below. Whitish t iv turning orange-red in males at mating time. Nume jus color variations. Size 2J-3in (7-8cm). Sexual dr ences females dully colored become very bulky. Environment Inhabit running water....

Clown Loach

Distribution Sumatra and Borneo. Description Shape the body is thickset The sides are somewhat compressed, the belly profile almost straight. The dorsal fin arises in front of the ventral tin-four pairs of barbels. Color basic color a bright ora red, marked with three wedge-shaped velvety-bia vertical bars. Typically, all fins at least partly blood red Size, up to 11 in (30cm) Sexual differences unknown Environment In flowing and still waters a bottom fish Temperature 75-86 F...

Cryptocorynespp

The name Cryptocoryne is derived from the Greek kryptos (hidden) and koryne (club) referring to the club-shaped arrangement of flowers rj the stem enclosed in a sheath of leaves. Distribution Tropical Asia. Description Members of the genus Cryptocoryne ,-e aquatic, perennial, stoloniferous plants (produce g shoots and buds) with oblong or linear leaves sometin 's chordal or oval. Cryptocoryne beckettii is a species li exists in several forms. Its leaves are 4in (10cm) ot so long...

Dwarf Gourami

Distribution Indian subcontinent. Description Shape body an elongated ovoid, very compressed. Dorsal and anal fins reach almost to caudal fin pelvic fins extend into long threads. Color bright red basic color males have a slanting double row ol luminous light blue-green to emerald spots which also extend onto the fins. Head-and-shoulder region and belly brilliant blue-green. Caudal fin and rear end of anal fin red, pelvic fins orange. Size 2 in (5cm). Sexual differences body...

Emperor Tetra

Nematobrycon palmerj Family Characidae Distribution Rio San Juan and its tributaries, Colombia. Description Shape club-shaped body, laterally compressed. Caudal fin cleft in the middle. No adipose fin very long anal fin. Lateral line incomplete. Color in males brownish, shot with green or blue particularly on the forepart of the body, A broad black horizontal stripe extends from the hind edge of the gill cover to the elongated central rays of the caudal fin. The coloring of the smaller female...

Featherback

Distribution N chitala and three other species in Southeast Asia Description Shape elongated, very compressed body. The anus is very far forward. The anal fin is very long and forms a continuous fringe with the very small caudal fin. Its great mobility makes the anal fin the main organ of propulsion. Color varies according to species, especially among the younger fish Photo shows a Notopterus chitala, which has a fine peacock marking. Size differs according to species, from 8 in to 2 ft 7J in...

Firemouth Cichlid

Distribution Guatemala and Yucatan (Mexico) Description Shape typical cichlid shape with I ge head Upper profile much more arched than the lowgr one. Color basic color a bluish gray with purple shj,_.n The back is darker, the belly a yellowish olive, the t gj and lower jaw a magnificent brick red. All scales, especially on the sides of the body, have a red stripe, so at the body has a netlike appearance. A black line ext ds from the top edge of the gill cover to the tail bate, often divided...

Giant Danio

Sri Lanka Description Shape elongated, laterally very con . pressed, deep-bodied for a danio. Profile of under e more strongly convex than the back pointed head, hit set mouth, one pair of barbels on lower jaw. Size 4. ,n (12cm) sexually mature at 2j-21in (6-7cm). Se> iai differences the male brilliantly colored, the central bli,o line on the caudal peduncle is straight. Environment Running waters. Temperature-68-70 F (20-21 C) in winter, 72-75 'F (22-24 X)...

Giant Gourami

Burma, Thailand, Malayan peninsula. Description Shape elongated body, very compressed long dorsal and anal frns. Pelvic tins elong . . like threads. Thickened upper lip, especially on the ma 5 Color highly variable according to provenance anj breeding strain. Brown with a greenish sheen, and wi h several narrow orange-red to red stripes slanting diagonally backward. Back fairly dark brown, chest and belly blue-green, often with a purple sheen. A brilliant blue-green spot on...

Glass Catfish

Kryptopterus bicirrhis Family Siluridae. Distribution Indochina and Indonesia. Description Shape very compressed sides, short body cavity, long caudal peduncle. Dorsal fin consists of a single ray anal fin very long, but separated from t deeply cleft caudal fin, whose lower lobe is longer than the upper. One pair of very long barbels on the upper jaw Color . transparent, even when mature, sometimes with s rainbow-colored metallic sheen. S > e. up to 4 in (10crr Sexual differences unknown....

Indian Glassfish Glass Perch

Distribution India, Burma, Thailand. Description Shape rhomboid body shape, deep profile, flaltish sides large eyes two separate dorsal fins set very close together, the second rounded. The spine and swim bladder can be recognized through the muscles, together with the gut, prgmented with particles of guanine. Sexual differences the mature male is much more brightly colored, and the fins bigger. The male's swim bladder is pointed at the rear the female's is rounded....

Julie

Distribution Lake Tanganyika, in rocky areas. Description Shape slender body, almost completely cylindrical, with prominent pointed snout. Small mouth set low. Color basic color white to gold. Three clearly marked brownish-black lines along the back, the uppermost passing through the base of the dorsal fin, the lowest extending from the snout through the eye and the middle of the side to middle of the tail-fin base. Size male 2i-2 in (6-7cm) female somewhat smaller. Sexual differences only in...

Lemon Tetra

Distribution South America. Description Shape fairly elongated body with nar rowish cross section has an adipose fin. Color glassi transparent light lemon yellow in tone sides of bod silvery with an ill-defined shiny horizontal stripe on a level with the spine. The first rays of the anal fin are brilliant yellow and sharply divided from the succeeding rays, which are black. The dorsal fin is similarly colored Large eyes, the upper half of the iris a brilliant red. Size up to...

Mailed Catfishes

Distribution Tropical South America about 70 species occurring from Colombia to the Rio de la Plata Description Shape short and thickset with an archt back and flat belly, more or less compressed in cross section. The adipose fin lies in an unarmored area, an the snout is unarmored also. Size 1J-4 in (3-12cm. Sexual differences female larger with rounder belly-Environment Shallow spots in slowly moving, al most still waters. They find a stretch of sandy bottom and remain there chewing plant...

Mosquito Fish

Distribution From New Jersey to Florida, from Alabama to East Texas (U.S.A.). Description Shape females resemble the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) males somewhat more robust Color male is transparent gray with a bluish shimmer on the sides, olive-brownish back, silvery belly. A blac> vertical bar through the eye. The original form has numerous loosely distributed black spots. Size male up to 1fin (3.5 cm), female up to 2 in (6 cm). Sexuai differences size, shape and male gonopodium. Environment...

OSCAR or Velvet Cichlid

Distribution Amazon, Parana, Rio Paraguay, Rio Negro. Description Shape fairly deep body, an elongated oval shape, moderately compressed Upper and lower profiles similarly curved Color highly variable according to size, age. sex and above all mood. Most h< we brilliant, irregular black-edged stripes on an olive-green to chocolate-brown ground There is a round, red-rimmed eyelike patch on the upper part of the caudal n base Size up to 1 ft 1 in (33 cm) Sexual differences i )t apparent, examine...

Peacock CiCHLID

Distribution Widely distributed over the entire n _ cal region of South America, chiefly in still waters. Description Shape relatively elongated for a Cichhd Very compressed typical shape for a predator. Dors, ,n notched between spiny and rayed portions CoU r. juvenilesgray-green, mature fish silvery on the sides, leaf green on the t> 3ck Young specimens usually have a lengthwise stripe after a middle phase marked y vertical bars, mature fish show none of these markings On the upper part of...

Red Cichlid Jewel Fish

J Distribution The river systems of the Nile, Niger and Zaire. Description Shape. elongated, compressed sil houette. Color brown back with a greenish sheen sid of body greenish yellow yellowish underside. A dan. horizontal band extending along side may break up into five or six large patches. At spawning time almost the whole body is red (brighter in the female), the forehead and back being olive green with a reddish sheen bluish black patches, accompanied by...

Scleropages

Scleropages formosus Family Osteoglossidae. Distribution Malay Archipelago and Thailand. Description Shape thin, straplike, very compressed body Keel-shaped underside. Very large mouth, strongly oblique Two downswept barbels on the chin, Very long dorsal and anal fins standing opposite each other and forming a fringe. Huge scales. Color silvery yellow, iridescent barbels can become blue or green fins yellow-green with reddish shading Size up to 4ft (120cm) long. Sexual differences sexually...

Snakeheads

Distributio n Many Asiatic species from easi r Afghanistan to Southeast Asia others from the White Nile to West Africa. Description Shape large, broad head with wide extendable mouth, anterior nostrils elongated into tubes The caudal peduncle slightly flattened. The pelvic are absent in certain species. Lateral line present. Sip from 8 in (20cm) to over 3 ft 3i in (1 m), according 0 species Sexual differences in certain species the females become very swollen when ripe Environment mostly warm...

Spiny

Distribution Southeast Asia to the Moluccas. Description Shape characteristic eel shape, with an extended snout which contains the nostrils The head is also long and pointed. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins adjoin one another, but are not linked by a fin membrane The soft-rayed dorsal fin is preceded by fourteen or fifteen isolated spines. No pelvic fins. Co or. chocolate to tan, often with stripes on the back. The three to ten peacock's-tail spots on the dorsal fin are...

Threebanded Pencilfish

Nannostomus trifasciatus Family Lebiasinidae. Distribution Central Amazonian region, Rio Negro and western Guyana. Description Shape small, long and slim slightly flattened sides. Color oiive-brown back, white belly a black horizontal stripe extends from the tip of the snout to the underside of the tail-fin base, with a second, narrower one above it, starting from the eye. A third, faintly visible, runs from the pectorals to the anal fin. By night the coloring appears different green to...

Water Moss

Fontinalis is derived fron Latin tons, fontis (spring), referring to one of the -,.B_ ferred habitats of this moss gntipyretica is due to an oi belief in its fever-reducing properties. Distribution Northern hemisphere. Description Typical of cold and usually running waters this species forms tufts of leafy stems 12 n (30-50 cm) long, anchored to the bottom or to a roc I. qj stone. These carry numerous oval or pointed dark g en leaves arranged on opposite sides of the stem,...

Ramirezdwarf Cichlid

Distribution Venezuela and Bolivia Description Shape typical dwarf cichlid Characn istic deep, flat body and great compression. The dorsal fin is high, the first three spines black and the second, in males, elongated. Color, base color in fine specimens pale purplish red A vertical bar through the eye a black spot under the spiny part of the dorsal fin, surrounded by spots of blue (or some other metallic color). Si ' 23 in (7 cm). Sexual differences male more brightly colored,...

Zebra Daimio

Family Cyprinidae Distribution Northeastern India. Description Shape very slim, small, very compress sides. Two pairs of barbels. Color back brownish olive belly yellowish white, the sides a luminous blue and marked with four splendid, gleaming gold horizonta lines, reaching from the gill cover to the caudal ftn. Blue-gold markings also on the anal fin dorsal fin yellow al base, then blue with a white tip Colorless pectoral and pelvic fins Size 2-2 n (5-6cm). Sexual differences female more...

Electric Catfish

Distribution Africa. Description Shape, long but thickset thick head with small eyes that glow in the dark No dorsal fin adipose fin far back near the tail no spines in pectoral fin. Three pairs of barbels fleshy lips. Color back grayish brown sides flesh-colored to gray belly reddish or yellowish white, with numerous irregularly arranged dark spots. Size up to 3ft in (1m). Sexual differences unknown. Environment Temperature 73-86 F (23-30 C). pH and water hardness no...

Hygrophila spp

The generic name is deriv.-d from Greek words meaning humidity-loving. Distribution Tropical America, Asia Description This genus includes perennial plants both surface-living and submerged, with herbaceous- or semiwoody stems. The leaves are arranged on oppovie sides of the stem, oblong or lanceolate, often poini d, light green, slightly darker when growing in air. The genus contains some twenty species, a quarter of which are suitable for aquarium use. Propagation By...

Leaf Fish

Monocirrhus polyacanthus Family Nandidae. Distribution Amazon basin, Rio Negro and westerr Guyana. Description Shape egg-shaped, thickset, very point ed head, mouth forming an extensible tube. The lower lip has a strong barbel. Color very strong marbled coloring which varies in relation to mood streaked, and yellow or brown can resemble a dead leaf. Three thin dark lines extend from the eye suggesting the veins of a leaf. Size up to 3Jin (Bern). Sexual differences unknown. Environment...

Bumblebeegoby

Brachygobius xanthozona Family Gotmdae. Distribution Rivers and estuaries in Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Description Shape thickset, torpedo-shaped rounded in cross section at the front, slightly compje .(j toward the tail. Color distinguished by three vertical dark-brown bars Size up to 1 in (4.5cm). Se, a differences mature females are bulkier. Environment Temperature 75-86 F (24-30 C) pH high acid and normal fresh water lead to lines Water hardness the addition of 1 to 2 spoonfuls of s -3 salt...

Gourami

Family Osphronemidae Distribution The greater Sunda Islands Description Shape oval, strongly compressed sides Head very small thick, protruding lower jaw Pelvic fins have threadlike elongations. Young fish slimmer with more pointed head. Color adult specimens brownish, with dark back and lighter belly Size 1 ft 1 J in (60cm), often up to 3ft 3Jin (1m) and 22lb (10kg). Sexual differences females have rounded anal and dorsal fins. Environment In quiet waters, preferably clean with plenly of...

Tiger Barb

Distribution Central Sumatra. Description Shape, typical barb shape but somewhat longer. Color silvery-golden body. The wide vertical black bands recall the related Barbus tetrazona (see No 51). Size 2J in (5.5 cm). Sexual differences the female is much fuller in the belly and paler in color. The male is slimmer its splendid coloring makes it one of the mosi beautiful barbs. Temperature 68-77 F (20-25 C) for breeding 81 -86 F (27-30 C). pH 6.5-7. Illumination substrate,...

Agassizs Dwarf Cichlid

Family Cichlidae Distribution Amazon basin. Description Shape typical South American dwarf cichlid elongated body, compressed sides. Very ir,nq dorsal fin. Color back brownish yellow to greenish blue orange sides, shading to greenish blue at the rear Giii covers have brilliant blue lines and vermiculatii-is Numerous sparkling greenish-blue spots on back .,nd sides A brownish-black line extends from the mout to the base of the caudal fin, without touching the eye A similar line extends from the...

Fighting Fish

Distribution Malayan peninsula and Thailand. Description Shape slender-bodied with coi pressed sides. Long, broad anal fin, dorsal fin long ai d high. Rounded caudal fin. Pelvic fins narrow, pointed and elongated. Color many beautiful color variations. Size up to 2J in 6 cm . Sexual differences female much plainerthan the male. Environment Temperature 77-86 F 25-30 C , the higher temperature only for breeding. pH and water hardness not significant it is best to use not-too-herd water....

Marbled HatchetftSH

Family Gasleropelecidae Distribution Amazon basin, he Guyanas. Description Shape unmistakabfe shape strain horizontal back. From under the slightly high-set mou'h the keel runs in a semicircular curve. From the anal n the underside continues almost in a straight line up to i e caudal peduncle. Most notable are the very long, winglike pectoral tins. Color basic color yellowish ,r greenish, often pale purple with a marked silvery sheen n places. Size up to 1 jin 4.5cm . Sexual...

Onestriped African Characin

Nannaethiops unitaematus Family Citharinidae. Distribution The whole of tropical Africa from the White Nile to the west coast Description Shape medium-long body. Small mouth. Large adipose fin. Complete lateral line. Color brown to brownish-olive back belly and throat yellowish or whitish with a silver sheen. A dark narrow band extends from the mouth over the eye to the end of the caudal fin. This is topped by an iridescent metallic band, colored a brilliant copper to gold Size up to in 6.5 cm...

Potamogeton Densus

The term is derived from two Greek words meaning living near the river. Distribution Europe, Asia, North Africa. Description Perennial submerged plant with creep ing rhizome cylindrical stem oval, lanceolate or near hnear light green leaves, joined to the stem by a dilated base Propagation By cuttings. The tips are cut and embedded in the soil- Environment Temperature 50-59 F 10-15 Cl, but able to survive at lower temperatures it has been a popular plant for cold...

Striped Anostomus

Distribution Amazon and Orinoco river sysu- 3. rivers of the Guyanas. Description Shape a long, slightly flat-sider.i ,3t, with a high-set mouth Color mature fish have three horizontal stripes brown to brownish black , wiih . lr lt green sheen. Site up to 7 in 18cm . Sexual ences minimal Environment Temperature 75-80 F 24-27 C pH and water hardness medium soft, neutral to slit, tly acid water. Illumination, substrate, furnishings a large tank with large, sparsely planted vegetation and I qg...

Redtailed Black Shark

Distribution Thailand, mainly in streams. Description Shape elongated body, laterally compressed somewhat deeper body than L. erythrurus. Color sharply divided into two colors body black with caudal fin in strongly contrasting orange to blood red Size up to 4jin 12cm . Sexual differences female is significantly bulkier. Environment Turbid streams. Temperature F 23-27 C . pH 5.5-7 light peat content. Water hardness soft water. Illumination and furnishings large tank, with moderate lighting and...

Tiger Fish

Cambodia Tiger Fish

Cambodia, Sumatra. Borneo. Description Shape thickset, compressed and high-backed. Long, spiny and soft-rayed joined dorsal fins Short anal fin and caudal peduncle caudal fin rounded Straight underside and back. Color a number of black vertical bars usually six of varying distinctness. S ze. in the wild up to 1 ft 3j in 40 cm in aquaria up to 111 in 30 cm . Sexual differences unknown. Environment Chiefly brackish water, but also in clean fresh water, where they...

Blue Panchax

Distribution India, Indochina, Sri Lanka, Mair,ySj and Indonesia several geographical forms Description Shape flattened head and back, dorsal fin placed well along the back, smoothly roui.rJ9cj ventrally Anal fin long-based and large very long ge pectoral fins pelvic fins small and somewhat elonc The caudal fin is shaped like a spade Color gene , y a grayish yellow, with the back darker. Each scale I. a bluish center with a dark border around the edge. Size up to 3 in 8cm . Sexual differences,...

Dwarf Suckermouth Catfish

Distribution Southeast Brazil Description Shape slender catfish with sucking mouth. Narrow-based but fairly high dorsal fin, no adipose fin. Twenty-three or twenty-four bony plates arranged in a row along each side of the body Color. ground color a light greenish gray to muddy yellow, darker back whitssh or light yellow underside. Fins are colorless or slightly green. Size up to in 4cm Sexual differences mature females much bulkier-Environment Inhabit running water....

Sumatra Barb

Sumatra Barb

Distribution Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia. Description Shape deep-bodied banded bari Blunt snout. Color brownish to olive on top sides ha.'e a pale reddish sheen, edges of scales a rich gleaming gold. Four black vertical bars, the first passing through the eye Size up to 2 in 7cm . Largest of the banded barbs. Sexual differences female recognizable only by its larger belly. Environment Temperature 68-77 F 20-25 C . pH and water hardness old water with occasional replacement of part by...

Blackbanded Sunfish

Distribution U.S.A., New Jersev to Maryland. Description Shape thickset, short and deep body, flat-sided. Color grayish yellow to greenish yellow with numerous but partly indistinct black vertical bars, often with irregular dark speckles in between. The first two spines of the dorsal fin are black the following two bright orange-red or red- The first two rays of the pelvic fins are orange the next two, black. Size up to 4 in 10cm sexually mature at 2in 5cm . Sexual differ ences scarcely...

Longfinned Characin

Distribution Tropical West Africa, from Sierra L lt one to Zaire Description Shape elongated body, very orn pressed sides, dorsal fin approximately in the midd- 0f the body, adipose fin present, very large eyes Color back olive green to yellow, sides muddy yellow w n a beautiful silver sheen. Underside silvery white Size up to 64 in 16cm . Sexual differences male high-bar with dorsal-fin rays extending as far as the cauda im The female has a crooked line along the back and a similar one along...

Coolie Loach

Distribution From the southern part of the Malayan peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo Description Shape eel-shaped, elongated, slia-,t v compressed sides, very small fins. The dorsal fin smarts behind the middle of the body, the anal fin well be-'nd this Eyes covered with transparent skin. a movable spine beneath them, four pairs of barbels, no lateral ne Color fifteen to twenty dark brown to black vertical i 1rs the gaps between them salmon pink to yellov sh Underside light. Size 3in 8cm ....

Serpatetra

Hyphessobrycon serpae Family Characidae. Distribution Amazon basin and Rio Guapore. Description Shape elongated. Color very variable Back dark olive, sides gray-green belly yellowish with an iridescent sheen. When the fish is excited or in a sta fc of well-being, the whole of the rear part of the body i, blood red. Clearly marked dark patch on the shoulder. Ar indistinct lateral stripe, broadening toward the tail. Size up to 1 i in 4.5cm . Sexual differences males mostly a brighter red....

Redfin Shark

Distribution Thailand the Mekong River at Komarat Description Shape an elongated carp, torpedo-shaped, with an almost straight belly line and slightly arched back. Slimmer than many species of the same genus, with well-developed organs for sucking and chewing and grinding up vegetation in the low-set mouth Two pairs of barbels. Color back ranging from light brown to blue-black, lighter toward the underside, and spotted. A dark spot or vertical bar on the caudal peduncle. All the fins are red....

Banana Plant

Nymphoides means water tj y like, referring to the resemblance between these vv0 plants. Distribution Atlantic coast of North America, particularly Florida. Description Adult leaves varying from rounded iq kidney-shaped, 3-4 in 8-1 Ocm in diameter ub_ merged leaves, light green with dark red netlike patter ns aerial leaves more intensely green, dark red on the r gt . , ,Se and heavily spotted. This plant is called the banana plant because the top part of the root is swollen...

Banded Leporinus

Banded Leporinus Fish

Distribution South America. Description Shape elongated, torpedo-shaped body, flattened very slightly along the sides. The head is conical with a small snout. A few, powerful teeth. Color ten vertical bars on a yellow background, darker on adults.Size upto12in 30cm . Environment Native habitat isslow-flowing, gravelly brooks. Temperature 72-77 'F 22-25 C . pH and water hardness not important. Substrate and furnishings as the fish are plant-eaters, do not plant feathery...

Glass Tetra

Gymnochanda

Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae Family Characidae. Distribution Rio Paraguay and Rio Paranaiba. Description Shape deep-bodied, elongated and very compressed. No adipose fin, and an incomplete lateral line. Color, sides of the body bright silver, darker toward the back, slightly yellow toward the belly. A broad black vertical band onthetail preceded by a yellow field with a metallic sheen. Eyes bright and luminous, with the upper part of the iris red. Smoky, mud-colored fins, with white tips to the...

Gymnochanda Filamentosa

Distribution Malayan peninsula. Description Shape similar to the ordinary glass perch cf. Chanda ranga . Moderately long, very compressed in profile. Large eyes one-third of head length . No scales. Color transparent. Male, when good color, honey yellow to delicate yellowish brown Body cavity covered with a silvery membrane. Six to ter delicate vertical bars. Reddish mouth. Yellowish, transparent fins. Dark rays to dorsal and anal fins. Female much less brightly colored....

Cryptocoryne Lingua

Description Beautiful small plant, at most 4 in 10 cm high. The leaves, which resemble little spatulas, are oval, bright green and fleshy, with a round tip, th leaf base narrows into the stalk, which constitutes half t lt two-thirds of the length of the leaf. Propagation Easy propagation by rhizome divisior Note that aerial plants multiply more rapidly than submerged ones. Environment Temperature best around 77 F 25 C but the plant will live wed between 60 F 16 C and 86'F 30 X . pH slightly...

Freshwater Halfbeak

Distribution Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand. Description Shape elongated body with narrow caudal peduncle dorsal and anal fins opposite each other and set very close to the tail. The elongateci immovable lower aw is typical, forming a kind of flytrap with the movable upper jaw. Color upp.- f surface dark sides of body gleaming silver with a mother-of-pearl sheen sides of belly creamy-white to yellow. Some populations have a black and a red late i stripe on the lower jaw....

Spraying Characin

Distribution Amazon and Rio Para. Description Shape smatl, verv elongated, slightly flattened profile. Large, protruding horizontal mouih Upper lobe of cauda fin particularly elongated in he male. Color back a dark brownish yellow sides and beily yellowish or greenish with a rust-brown sheen large dark-edged scales, producing a netlike pattern. Gill cover has a greenish-gold spot. A narrow dark tine runs from the mouth to the eye. Size males up to 3J in 8 , females up to 2...

Blackline Tetra

Distribution Para region, Brazil. Description Shape very elongated. Color back greenish or brownish sides silver, with a bluish or brassy sheen belly silvery. A broad black band runs from the gill cover to the base of the caudal fin, forming a large diamond-shaped patch at the end. The black band is topped by a thin gleaming metallic line. Colorless pelvic fins all others pale reddish, anal fin edged with black at the front. Size up to 2 in 5cm . Sexual differences male...

Striped Suckermouth Catfish

Freshwater Catfish For Aquariums

Distribution Tropical South America. Description Shape characteristic for a bottom-living fish low-set sucking mouth, surrounded by fleshy lips pectoral and pefvic fins broad and flat Dorsal fin long, high and bannerlike. The adipose fin and caudal fin have an elongated lower lobe. Nasal openings have pipelike extensions mouth has barbels. Color see illustration variable as with all Loricariidae. Size about 4 in 1 Gem Sexual differences the males probably have whiskerlike...

Aponogeton Henkelianus

Distribution Madagascar. Description Similar in appearance and form Aponogeton fenestralis. The oblong and variously leaves differ from ihose of A fenestralis only in tl color, which is brownish, while the stalks are reddish Propagat ion By division of the offshoots, rather r rg difficult by seed when done by seed, water temperature should be 68-77 F 20-25 C Environment Temperature Usually between 6C F 16 C and 68 F 20 C , with possible extremt 0f 57 F 14'C and 76 F 24'C...

Guenthers Notho

Nothobranchius guenthari Family Cypnnodontidae. Distribution Zanzibar. Mozambique. Mombasa Kenya . Pangani River Tanzania . Description Shape deep body, rounded fins. Color males have a red tail fin, and each scale on rheir body is blue or greenish blue ouilined in red. producing a network pattern. Females dull in appearance, with dark spots or rows of spots on body and fins. Size up to 2 in 7 cm . Sexual differences only in body color Environment Normal habitat consists of temporary pools and...

Lyretails Aphyosemions

Family Cyprinodontidae Distribution Tropical West Africa from Nigeria to Zaire, chiefly in slowly flowing or still waters. Description Color very varied Species in photograph is possibly A Christyi Size from to 5 lt n 3 o 1 3 cm . Sexual differences the females of most species are far less striking and colorful than the males. Environment Most were originally inhabitants of the tropical forest only A, bualanum is found exclusively in the savanna Temperature 64-72 F 18-22 C . pH...

Aponogeton Ulvaceus

Aponogeton Ulvaceus

Distribution Madagascar. Description This is probably the Aponogeton speci . most suited toaquarium use its leaves are approximate ,' 10 in 25 cm long with wavy, translucent pale grei . blades In turbulent water Aponogeton ulvaceus m exhibit a certain variety of shapes, with longer and narrower or shorter and wider leaves, depending on tha current. Propagation By division of offshoots propagation by seeding is more difficult and rarely succeeds. Environment Temperature...