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Tom's 55-gallon Angelfish Aquarium
You can see the new ornaments that greatly changed the Angel Fish's behavior. There is a pair of Angels on the right side of the aquarium, and they keep most of the other Angels on the left side of the aquarium most of the time. Tom will almost surely talk abut this aquarium in the next Pet Fish Talk Show, and you are welcome to call and talk about pet fish.
Gold Veiltail Angel
This Gold Veiltail Angel lives in Tom's 55-gallon Angelfish Aquarium, which is shown above on this page.
Beautiful Gold Marble Angelfish
Two pictures taken this week of very beautiful Gold Marble Angel Fish. Every young Angel Fish seems to spend most of its time and energy searching for food.
Flame is Still Holding Her Eggs.
She spawned two weeks ago with Percy in Tom's 55-gallon Mbuna Aquarium. Flame is still carrying her eggs, which are now probably wigglers, in her mouth. You can see the bump in her buccal cavity, which is below and behind her mouth.
This Week's Pictures of Tré Here is a picture taken at midnight before the day of this Pet Fish Talk Show. It's Tré the mature male Labeotropheus trewavasae, an Mbuna species from Lake Malawi in East Africa. That is not Flame in the background but another so-called Red Zebra female, which had just spawned.
Later another Mbuna hid in a Cichlid Stone near Tré. He swam to take a closer look and suddenly turned a brilliant blue then clamped his fins close to his body, as you can see.
Julius is a Haplochromis species 44. He is as ornery as usual and seems a little bit bigger. I found out the name of the fish farm that produced Julius and sent them an email with this picture, asking for Julius' scientific name. They replied that they sell this Cichlid species as the "Red Fin Obliquidens" a Hap from Lake Victoria. I then searched for that name on the internet and found several sources saying the Obliquidens name was almost certainly scientifically incorrect, and this species was being called Haplochromis species 44, or sp. 44, Haplochromis sp. "Thick Skin," Haplochromis obliquidens, and Astatotilapia sp. "Red Tail." The scientific names of many Cichlids from Lake Victoria are confused. Nevin will probably tell the story about our first shipment of Cichlids from Lake Victoria many many years ago ... none of the bags had any names written on them.
Here's the one Bushymouth Pleco. that lives in the Angel Fish Aquarium. Male Bushymouths have more tubercles than females, and this fish is undoubtedly a male.
Three Beacon Pleco
This is the one catfish in the aquarium with the Mbunas. It was called L091 for a while, before it was given the scientific name Leporacanthicus triactis. As mentioned before on Pet Fish Talk, this fish likes to stay inside its cave. In this picture it had just backed out.
In this close-up picture of the same fish you can see the tiny bristles on the top lobe of its tail. When other fish in this aquarium try to investigate this cave, this catfish will wag its tail back and forth, and the curious fish will quickly leave. If is probably unpleasant to make contact with the bristles on this fish's tail.
Here's a close up of the same fish's eye. You can see the so-called omega-iris in its eye. Instead of its pupil being round like yours, its pupil has a round flap that expands to effectively decrease the area of the pupil and adjust to the intensity of the light. Incidentally, you can also see the omega-iris in the eye of the Bushymouth Pleco. farther up this page.
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