Slender Filefish

November 24th, 2014 1 comment

Slender Filefish

Monacanthus tuckerl (also known as Slender Filefish):

The slender filefish is covered with bristles and spines, much like an old, frayed hairbrush. Like other filefish, this little species has a short, stout spine on its back. The slender filefish also has tiny spines on many of its scales that are longest at the back of the fish’s body. They slant backward and form long, sharp ridges like those on a metal file. Filefish are also called leatherjackets because of the rough texture of their skin.

Adding to this fish’s odd appearance are many tiny tassels of skin. Each of these small skin flaps branches out into tinier strings with brushlike points. These fuzzy tassels cover the filefish’s lips, forehead, and chin. Far fewer tassels grow on the sides of the fish’s head and body. Perhaps the skin flaps help the fish feel its way  through dark waters. They certainly help camouflage the fish in the frilly sea grasses in which it hides. Adding to the filefish’s camouflage is its protective coloration—a generally drab color that attracts little or no attention.

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Slender Filefish in Wikipedia:

Filefish (also known as foolfish, leatherjackets or shingles) are tropical to subtropical tetraodontiform marine fish of the diverse family Monacanthidae. Found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, the filefish family contains approximately 107 species in 26 genera. Filefish are closely related to the triggerfish, pufferfish and trunkfish.

The slender filefish’s enemies have a hard time biting through its tough skin. The fish is also nearly impossible to swallow because of the cluster of tiny bones sticking out of its chest. The bones can easily get caught in a predator’s teeth, giving the filefish a chance to escape.

length: up to 8 inches
diet: marine worms and small invertebrates
method of reproduction: egg layer
home: Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea

Scientific classification:

Family:     Monacanthidae
Order:     Tetraodontiformes
Class:     Actinopterygii
Phylum:     Chordata
Kingdom:     Animalia

Aquarium and Fish Care Needs

November 24th, 2014 No comments

Aquarium and Fish Care Needs

Aquarium and Fish Care Needs

After you have purchased your aquariumaquarium – An Enclosure, Such As A Glass Tank, Outfitted With Lifesupport Equipment For The Purpose Of Keeping Underwater Animals And Plants Alive., filters, heaters, gravel, floss, buffers, food, fishfish – Collective Term (includes Molluscs And Crustaceans) For Any Aquatic Animal That Is Harvested., and so on, you will need to learn how to clean and care for the fish. In fact, you should have researched the market before purchasing fish or aquariums to have an overall view of how to care for fish and maintain fish tanks. To help you learn more about fish care and aquariums however, we can consider a few helpful tips.


Heaters are necessary to maintain tropicaltropical – Being Within The Latitudinal Zone Bounded By The Two Tropics (23? 27' North And South Latitude). fish. Before your purchase your heater however, you should make sure that the filters and heater would fit into your aquarium without taking up unnecessary space. If you purchased a small tank, you will need to purchase filters and a heater than will accommodate the tank; otherwise, you may need to purchase a larger tank.

What to buy

When you purchase your tank, you will also want to buy a gravel, plantsplants – Plants Come In Different Sizes And Shapes, You Can Use Plastic Or Real Plants. For More Details About Real Plants, Look At Tropica., ornaments, food, test kits, water treatment, etc. Gravel helps to maintain natural resources, while ornaments provide a lively dйcor to your fish tank. Plants make the fish feel at home, while food is necessary to prolong life. You will need a test kittest Kit – Test Kits For Aquarium Use Measure The Presence Of Trace Elements And Chemical Compounds In Your Water. They Are Often The Only Way To Monitor Important Water Conditions. They Come With Powder Or Liquid Reagents, Or Use Dip-strips (usually Less Accurate). to keep an eye on the water’s health. Water treatment is ideal, since tap water is not pure in most areas.

Gravel Care:

The first thing you should dodo – Dissolved Oxygen. is grab a bucket and rinse your gravel to remove grime, dirt, and germs. After you purify the gravel, you will need to add water to the tank. At this time only, add half the water needed to deliver a full supply. Now, you can add your ornaments and plants to the aquarium. Once you have all your additives to the tank, you are ready to finish filling the tank with water. You should have received a manual with your tank. Follow the outlines to fill the tank properly. Once the tank is filled, you can add your heater and filtrationfiltration – With No Filtration, There Would Be No Aquarium. This Process Removes Waste Materials From Aquarium Water. systems. You will receive instructions with the purchase of your heater and filters, which you should follow accordingly. The last thing you will add to the tank is the water treatment. Water treatment will remove coppercopper – A Metal Used In The Form Of Copper Sulphate To Cure Diseases And Parasite Infestations In The Aquarium. Copper Is Highly Toxic To Marine Invertebrates And Should Never Be Used In A Reef Tank., metal, and related harmful chemicals. You can use products that will enable you to add your fish to the tank; otherwise, it is recommended that you wait at least a couple of weeks before adding fish.

Water filled tanks have natural bacterial productions, which must filterfilter – A Device That Circulates And Removes Some Impurities From Aquarium Water. May Be Biological, Chemical, Or Mechanical. to settle to a secure level for fish to swim safely. After the water has set, you can use your test kit to decide if the water temperaturetemperature – The Range Of Warmth A Species Can Tolerate, Noted In Both Degrees Celsius And Fahrenheit. and chemicals are balanced. After the water is verified, i.e. pure you can start adding fish to the tank in small amounts. The recommended fish is the damsel; however, this is a saltwater fish. The aggressive fish will devour passive fish. Therefore, if you start with damsels, only add two of the same fish and gradually start adding other fish. If you choose, freshwaterfreshwater – Water That Does Not Contain Significant Amounts Of Dissolved Solids Of Any Type. It Is Generally Found In Inland Lakes, Rivers, Creeks And The Like. fish try to keep passive fish in the tank, rather than aggressive fish.

If you want a selectionselection – A Change In Allele Frequency Over Time In A Population. of saltwater fish and freshwater fish perhaps, you should purchase two aquariums. White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Danios, goldfishgoldfish – Common, Fancy, Shubunkin, Ryukin, Lionhead, More., etc are nice starter fish. Additional types of fish include the bristle nose, which is a passive fish that grows around 5.5 inches. The Otocinclus is also a passive fish that grows 2 inches and prefers to live in rocks and plant areas, just asas – Algae Scrubber. the bristle nose. Plecostomas is a passive fish, which grows 24 inches, and lives around plants and rocks as well. Marble and Veitail are passive fish, which both grow around 6 inches and prefer to live around rocks and plants.