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If you want to take care of fish and their aquarium, you should try to relate to those fish. You can pick between freshwater and saltwater fish. The freshwater fish are of two types: coldwater and tropical. There are a number of fish types that you can get if you want to start keeping fish.

The Pantodontidae Species: This family of fish includes a few types, like the butterfly or the flying fish. Their origin is West Africa and their maximum size is 10cm (4 inches). The body of the butterfly fish is flat and it has small patterns on it. Tropical fish have a flat shape for the body.

The family from which the butterfly fish originates from is Chaetodontidae. They have an upward turned mouth and boat shaped bodies. You will also notice a huge chest that is wing like. Some of the will be colored brown, while others will be green or gray. In some cases you will see dark spots or streaks on their bodies.

This is a species that is quite passive, but you should still keep them together with fish of the same size or species.

Feeding them They will not eat from the aquarium's bottom. They would rather eat small fish or insects. You can also teach them to eat worms or meat based dishes. Teaching them to do that will require a long stick.

The type of water They enjoy water that is a bit soft, with a temperature around 80F. The butterfly fish should be kept in an aquarium that is only half filled, but have plenty of thick plants inside.

This is not a fish that will breed easily in captivity. If you want fish that will breed, pick a species that will do that. If you still want to go with the Pandotidae and they do breed, give their offspring minute insects to eat. It takes around three days for the eggs to hatch.

The Mormyridae Species Another fish species is the Mormyridae, which can be found in Central and South Africa. One interesting fact about this fish is that their brain weight to body weight ratio is comparable to that of a man. It's a fish that is easy to teach and curious about their surroundings. If you want to buy this fish, you should make sure they get the proper food, or they might decline it.

The Marcusenius Schilthuisiae Species It's also called trunkfish or in some cases elephant trunkfish. Their origin is Central Congo and their maximum size is 10cm (4 inches). Their body is a silver/brown with a dull tubercle and some dark bands. In many aspects, this fish is similar with the G. Petersi, in areas like food, sexing, water conditions and breeding.

The Gnathonemus Petersi Species Another name for this species is elephant nosed fish. Their maximum size in an aquarium is around 10cm (4 inches) and they can be found in Congo and Cameroon. However, in the wild they can get to 23cm (9 inches). Their chins are elongated and squeezed against their body. They have both a dorsal and an anal fin. Their color is either dark brown or black, with two white stripes.

It's a passive fish that can be kept in aquariums with other species of fish. They like eating freshwater fleas and Tubifex. Their aquarium should have plenty of plants for them to hide in and the temperature of the water should be 80F. Powerful lights are not a good idea.

Click here to learn more about other breeds of tropical fish and tropical aquariums. Or here for advice on pet birds.

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