Brackish Water III
By Erich Crouch, Aqualand's Fish Consultant

 
Amphibians
Axolotls
Caecilian Worm
Chaco Toad
Mud Puppies

Newts General
Newts Eastern
Newts Golden

Newts Mandarin
Salamanders
Suriname Toad
Tadpoles
Terrarium I
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USA Toads
Water Dogs
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Frogs
Bull
Clawed
Dumpy
Dwarf
Fire-Belly
Floating
Green Tree
Leopard
Pac Man
Pipa pipa
Pyxie
Red-Eyed Tree
Tomato
Misc Frogs 
Misc Frogs II
Misc Frogs III
Misc Frogs IV

Misc Frogs V

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Degus
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Misc Lizards 6
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Misc Lizards 9


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Which Fish Get Along?
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Not the best pic of this guy but not a spectacular fish either.
 

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Female eel checking out a 1.5-inch chromide.

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Some one-inchers in my hand.  Better color but a bit dead.

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Called orange chromide evidently because of the orange spots (3 inches).

 
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Orange chromides -- named for the orange/red spots.

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Same two chromides first thing in the morning.  They change colors throughout the day.

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Same guy months later.  Chromides take a while to feel comfortable in your tank.

 

Chromides are the only species of the cichlid family native to Asia.  Orange, red, and silver chromides are all the same species, Etroplus maculates.  The red strain is by far the most colorful, and adds a lot of color to the brackish community.  The orange or silver (the same strain, it may be labeled differently dependent upon where and when you buy it) is colorful only at spawning time.  It is peaceful, and a nice addition to the tank.  The green chromide, Etroplus suratensis, is not often seen.  It is not terribly colorful , but it is an interesting fish, and a challenge for those who wish to breed an odd cichlid.

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2.5 inch Therapon jarbua.

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Four more of the little rascals.

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Target fish living happily with rope fish.

The target fish (does anyone know where it got its name?), Therapon jarbua, is another seldom seen fish.  (Note:  Look at the target pattern on its back.  LA)  It is somewhat aggressive and eats just about anything.  (Another note:  You can take them out of a freshwater tank and drop them into pure saltwater without fazing them.  LA)

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Young tiger datnioides.


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Adult tiger fish

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Called a red datnioid.  Is it?  Only showed up in 2003.  Fish eater of course.  Three inches.  Simon Luffman IDs this guy as a redfin or mangrove snapper, Lutjanus argentimaculatus.

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Datnioides micropeltes

Datnioides.  For the fan of large piscivorous species, tiger fishes (Datnioides species) are occasionally available.  These critters get fairly large, and are peaceful to other large fishes, but can be nasty to each other and to any other fish that they can swallow.  These fish have quite a gape, and can suck in much larger fish than you would think!  Goldfish well over half the length of a tiger fish donít have a chance.

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Crocodile fish like to lurk.  They eat worms as well as fish.

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Also called "crazy fish" because they take on weird positions in their tank.

Crocodile Fish.  Another predator of interest is the crocodile fish, Butis butis.  I can find out little about this fish, and having not kept one, I can say little, except that the largest one I have seen was six inches (I am certain that this was nowhere near mature), and that they love a diet of live fish.  

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Young Indian glassfish.

Glassfish (genus Chanda) are commonly sold as freshwater fish, though they are truly brackish water fish.  A full-grown, well-fed glassfish is a  real beauty, with smoky fins lightly edged in powder blue, and body color a transparent amber.  Unfortunately, they are seldom seen in this condition.  Glassfish are not delicate, but few are kept in suitable water conditions.  They are picky eaters.  Live and frozen foods are best.  Flakes are never eaten in enough quantity to sustain these fish, and they slowly waste away.  Finally, they are very shy, and, in a community tank, are usually the last fish to reach the food.  Often, their tank mates will intimidate  them until they refuse to eat, thus not getting enough as a result.  Unless you are willing to give these pretty little fish what they need, pass them by (including the painted ones, whose paint job wears off in two to three months, anyway).

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Painted glassfish come in any color you might want

Celebes rainbows, Telmatherina ladigesi, are perfect inhabitants of the small brackish community.  A schooling fish, the Celebes rainbow averages 1.5 inches when full-grown.

Celebes rainbows are peaceful, active, and colorful.  Males are light lemon-yellow with an iridescent steel blue stripe running the length of the body, and electric blue eyes.  Dorsal and anal fins are yellow and edged in black, with the first rays separated from the rest of the fin and arrayed like feathers.

Females are slightly less colorful, and the fins arenít feathered.  Feed these fish high-quality flake foods that contain carotenoids or supplement their diet with brine shrimp (which are packed with carotenoids), and watch these fish shine!

Celebes rainbows are members of family Atherinidae, not to be confused with various Australian and New Guinean rainbows, family Melanotaeniidae.  There is a misconception among some people that melanotaeniids are brackish water fishes;  however, they are strictly freshwater fishes.

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