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Old 10-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Cool fish nobody has heard about before

I just stumbled across a fish I thought was awesome

The bumble bee grouper

I want one

I'm sure you guys know some cool rare fish that get overlooked

This to me is the coolest part of fish keeping... When you think you've seen almost everything... But then you discover there's so so much more

So yea, please share some unique fish ideas, and if you own them...
Please post some pics for everyone to see, I think we'd all love that
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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I just stumbled across a fish I thought was awesome

The bumble bee grouper

I want one

I'm sure you guys know some cool rare fish that get overlooked

This to me is the coolest part of fish keeping... When you think you've seen almost everything... But then you discover there's so so much more

So yea, please share some unique fish ideas, and if you own them...
Please post some pics for everyone to see, I think we'd all love that


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African leaf fish and african brown knife.
Most people think an african leaf is an african bush fish but they are very different. This is not a ctenpoma. They strictly eat live food and are one of the few truly predatory fish you can keep in a small (20 gallon plus) aquarium. They are also odd in hey hurt nothing they cant swallow and almost nothing hurts them except maybe at feeding time.
African brown knife is one of only 2 (that I know of) knifefish to keep in a community tank. The udulating long low fin is mesmerizing to watch. Other than this one fin they only have pectoral fins. No dorsal. They are also one of the smallest knifefish. Their behaviour can be quiet entertaining. I have had one the nosed any new inhabitants like (excuse me) but like a dog sniffing his new friends rear quarters. He also triednto eat ghost shrimp by biting them and shaking his head like a dog with a chew toy.
Btw the knifefish is by no means rare just overlooked.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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Lol, the first picture looks like the leafs riding the knife! Awesome pictures God.
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There are albino knife fish, as well as zebras

I have 4 leopard ctenos ... And yea there's a bunch of leaf fish out there. I like the ones that are bright red almost

I wonder if mine hunt like yours. They sometimes bite the heads off the fish once they've caught it, and spit out the rest of the body .... Quite often actually... Is that odd? They do swallow a lot whole as well though ... And it's not that the fish is too big for them either ... Lol maybe they're too jam packed full of fish already to get another one in? LOL is that possible

I swear I saw my baby datnoid moww 8 little fish one after the other and the last one he couldn't even get in. He beat the fish against a rock until it stopped moving and never let go of it...
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By bumble bee grouper, I think you are referring to Epinephelus lanceolatus (Queensland groper in my neck of the woods). Yes, the juveniles are cute, but they get way too big for an aquarium and shouldn't really be sold to hobbyists. By way too big I mean 9 feet long and over 650 pounds in weight.

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Lol, the first picture looks like the leafs riding the knife!
Haha yea! They were all excited about some ghost shrimp.
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There are albino knife fish, as well as zebras

I have 4 leopard ctenos ... And yea there's a bunch of leaf fish out there. I like the ones that are bright red almost

I wonder if mine hunt like yours. They sometimes bite the heads off the fish once they've caught it, and spit out the rest of the body .... Quite often actually... Is that odd? They do swallow a lot whole as well though ... And it's not that the fish is too big for them either ... Lol maybe they're too jam packed full of fish already to get another one in? LOL is that possible

I swear I saw my baby datnoid moww 8 little fish one after the other and the last one he couldn't even get in. He beat the fish against a rock until it stopped moving and never let go of it...
Do the zebras stay smallish and peaceful? Ive never heard of those.
Cnetos are very very different than african leaf fish. I like to say they are false leaf fish. They dont have the same kind of mouth. Mine only eat shrimp/fish whole. No biting lol
I want cnetos one day! What is he minimum tank size?
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Ya I'm pretty sure the zebras don't grow larger than a foot.. They're expensive though

And I've heard of people keeping ctenos in a 20 gal... But my family of 4 are my favourite little buddies, so they got VIP tickets to my 125... Soon to be 240 long .... Well maybe not too soon. But one day :P

Lol I got them big enough so my barracudas couldn't eat them...
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By bumble bee grouper, I think you are referring to Epinephelus lanceolatus (Queensland groper in my neck of the woods). Yes, the juveniles are cute, but they get way too big for an aquarium and shouldn't really be sold to hobbyists. By way too big I mean 9 feet long and over 650 pounds in weight.

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Did not know that

Are they edible?
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I want a lungfish
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Have an african in my lfs.. ugly things
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Have an african in my lfs.. ugly things
They are very interesting to watch though.
Fish I don't have that is cool would be an archer fish

Fish I do have that you don't see are African butterfly fish, tire track eel and freshwater barracuda

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What size tank is your barracuda in?

He looks gorgeous.. His little snout is perfect

When I got mine they all had little snub noses
They must have gone through a lot and smashed their faces on a lot of glass
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Thanks, They are in my 45
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Ohh... He's just a little guy eh :p
You're gunna need a bigger tank one day... Their so fast

My biggest is just about 9" now
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Hi Fish Friends,

I have just purchased and have not yet received my first BLUE Mexican short fin mollies.

I can wait for them to start multiplying!

AquaBid.com - Closed Auction # fwlivebearersw1382227244 - Poecilia Mexicana Campeche - Ended: Sat Oct 19 19:00:44 2013

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Ohh... He's just a little guy eh :p You're gunna need a bigger tank one day... Their so fast My biggest is just about 9" now
Mine are about 6-7" which is about full grown. Mine are a different species than yours, sometimes referred to as Hujeta gar. I've had them for years
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Ya I'm pretty sure the zebras don't grow larger than a foot.. They're expensive though

And I've heard of people keeping ctenos in a 20 gal... But my family of 4 are my favourite little buddies, so they got VIP tickets to my 125... Soon to be 240 long .... Well maybe not too soon. But one day :P

Lol I got them big enough so my barracudas couldn't eat them...
Very cool!
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Honeycomb catfish. Absolutely adorable
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Honeycomb catfish. Absolutely adorable
That's a nice little catfish.
He has the same shape as my driftwood cat
But wayyy nicer patterns
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