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Leaf fish literally look like leaves and can camouflage themselves into their environment.

admin    February 29, 2020   CATEGORY: Fish Facts

Tricky Little Leaf Fish: The Species that can Blend In Like No Other

Here’s one you may have never heard of before and most likely never saw in real life. And even if you did you might not have known it. It swims like a fish and acts like a fish under water, but you’d mistake it for something that was once on a tree high in the sky. It’s called a leaf fish, and it’s one of the most peculiar-looking fish around.

Curious? Here are a few facts about the wondrous leaf fish.

Leaf fish, or leaffish, have the ability to camouflage themselves into their environment.

Leaf fish, or leaffish, have the ability to camouflage themselves into their environment.

  1. A leaf fish’s body is oval-shaped and flat. The fish literally looks like a dead leaf, and it tends to float around the bottom of a fish tank.
  2. In the wild, it can be found in the Amazon River basin.
  3. A full-grown leaf fish is typically about 3 to 6 inches long.
  4. The pH level should be 6.0 to 6.5.
  5. The water temperature of the fish tank should be 77 to 82 degrees.
  6. Its fins are transparent, further contributing to its leaf-like appearance.
  7. It’s an aggressive fish with a large mouth that has a pointy lower jaw – one that no doubt strikes fear among its prey. In fact, the shape of its mouth creates a suction that allows it to devour its prey quickly. Hobbyists consider this quite a sight to see.
  8. They are usually orange, yellow, or brown, like the color of fallen maple leaves in the autumn.
  9. Because it is aggressive and has an appetite twice its size, this fish will eat anything in its way. If you choose to have one for a pet, it should have its own tank of at least 25 gallons.
  10. Ironically, it gets scared easily, so the tank should have plenty of hiding places for it. 
  11. It is also referred to as a leaf scorpionfish or a paper fish. There are several species of this fish, including African leaf fish and Amazon leaf fish.
  12. Poison glands are attached to the dorsal and pelvic spines.
  13. In a tank, it should be given live foods such as shrimp.
  14. As if its appearance isn’t deceptive enough, it also changes color to match its surroundings.
  15. These fish can live for more than 10 years.

See our blog page for facts about other freshwater and saltwater fish, and contact us at Seatech Aquariums if you’re interested in starting an aquarium in your home.

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Goldfish might not be the best choice for a child's first fish, but with some education and aquarium maintenance tips, the pet could possibly live up to 20 years.

admin    October 31, 2019   CATEGORY: Fish Facts

A Child’s First Fish: Why Goldfish Might Not Be the Best

It seems every child had a goldfish growing up. The child may have given the fish a sweet little name and fed it every day like clockwork – maybe even a little too much. The child likely loved the little pet right up until the day the fish took its final breaths … within about a week after bringing it home.

The fact that goldfish are a favorite first fish in many households is rather ironic. They may be inexpensive and easy to handle at first, but truly they are not the easiest to care for overall.

Why Goldfish are Not Ideal for Beginners

1. The common home for a child’s goldfish is often a little fish bowl, but that’s not ideal. Because many goldfish can grow to almost 8 inches long, the bowl will cramp the fish’s style quickly.

2. Fish bowls are difficult to keep clean. Because it is small, a fish bowl can become saturated with ammonia quickly, suffocating the goldfish. Depending on the age of the child, a parent or other adult will likely need to help the child keep the bowl clean.

3. Goldfish need more oxygen than some other fish, and that’s much more than homeowners may realize. At the same time, fish don’t enjoy living their lives in one spot and would prefer to be able to swim around. That means an ideal goldfish fish tank is wider than the surface of a fish bowl, which would enable it to move around freely while at the same time coming up for air when it needs to.

4. Water needs to keep moving in order to create the much-needed oxygen and keep the water clean. A fish bowl simply isn’t adequate for that type of environment, even if you do add plants and air stones into the water.

5. Goldfish secrete more waste than some other fish. For that reason, even keeping an adequate-sized fish tank clean would be a challenge.

Add all of these factors together, and it’s a recipe for disaster. But there’s a bright side.

A goldfish may be challenging to maintain for beginning hobbyists, but if your child's wish is to have a goldfish, the pet can live a long and happy life if the child learns proper fish tank maintenance skills.

A goldfish may be challenging to maintain for beginning hobbyists, but if your child’s wish is to have a goldfish, the pet can live a long and happy life if the child learns proper fish tank maintenance skills.

Species of Fish that are Good for New Hobbyists

With the proper education and care, your child’s goldfish doesn’t have to be another statistic. In fact, some goldfish can live up to 20 years! It could stay with your child well into adulthood.

If you would rather not deal with goldfish altogether, there are many other species of fish that are much better for beginners. Here are just a few.

  • White cloud minnows
  • Danios
  • Swordtail fish
  • Certain types of tetras
  • Certain types of bettas
  • Platies
  • Guppies
  • Pearl gouramis
  • Plecos

Contact us for more information about setting up a child’s first fish tank and additional facts about the ideal livestock for it.

Contact Seatech Aquariums for more information about how to keep a goldfish healthy.


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