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TIGER BARBS (September)

Scientific Name: Barbus tetrazona

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Cypriniformes

Family: Cyprinidae

Genus: Puntius

Species: P. tetrazona

Location: Found in Asia in Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, Cambodia.

Size: Can grow up to 7 centimeters long and 3 centimeters wide.

Life Span: Lives an average of 6 years.

Habits: Tiger Barbs are schooling fish, for substantial living quality at least 5 is needed.  Will nip on fins of other fish when the group is not big enough.

Tank Level: Tiger Barbs tend to stick to the middle and lower parts of the tank.

Food: Omnivore, Tiger Barbs will eat flake foods, they will also will eat live foods. They will eat vegetables  such as: bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphinia, krill, zucchini, cucumber and broccoli.

Preferred Habitat: Tiger Barbs like to feel secure, many plans and hiding places.

Tank Mates: Clown Loach, Danios, Red Tail Sharks.

Breeding: Egg layer; Tiger Barbs lay several hundred eggs; usually will lay in the morning on plants.  Tiger Barbs will consume the eggs they find.

pH: 6.5

Water: up to a hardness of 10 dGH

Temperature Range: (68-82 F) also (20-27 C)

Tiger Barbs

Tiger BarbAlbino Tiger BarbGreen Tiger Barb

Tiger Barb                           Albino Tiger Barb                 Green Tiger Barb

Mollies (October)

Scientific Name: Poecilia Iatipinna

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Cyprinodontiformes

Family: Poeciliidae

Genus: Poecilia

Species: P. vivipara

Location: Found Central America in Guatemala, and Mexico.

Size: Can grow up to 10 centimeters long

Life Span: Lives an average of 4 years.

Habits: Mollies are fairly calm but will nip on fish with ling fins.

Tank Level: Mollies tend to swim all over the tank.

Diseases: Mollies can live in brackish water but are more susceptible to diseases.

Food: Omnivore, Mollies will mostly only eat flake foods, but will sometimes eat live foods.

Tank Mates: Platies, Angel Fish, Corydoras, Catfish, Plecostomus, and bigger Tetras.

Breeding: Live Bearers; if you do not have a net or move the offspring to another tank they will get eaten.

pH: 7.5-8.5

Water: About a tablespoon of salt is okay for Mollies to live in.

Temperature Range: (69-82 F) also (20-27 C)

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Freshwater Mollies

Daimatian Molly             Black Sailfin Molly        Harlequin Sailfin Molly

Daimatian Molly             Black Sailfin Molly        Harlequin Sailfin Molly

Brackish Mollies

Platinum Lyertail Molly          Balloon Molly                 Marble  Lyretail Molly

Platinum Lyertail Molly          Balloon Molly                 Marble  Lyretail Molly

Marine Mollies

    Blue Damselfish Molly            Miller BlennyOrangetail Blue Damselfish

Blue Damselfish Molly            Miller Blenny            Orangetail Blue Damselfish

Cory Cats

Scientific Name: Corydoras spp.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Silurformes

Family: Callichthyide

Genus: Corydoras

Species: Corydoras Geoffrey

Location: Found in South America.

Size: Range from 3 to five centimeters.

Life Span: Lives an average of 3.5 years.

Habits: Cory Cats are timid; they enjoy groups of three or four of themselves.

Tank Level: Cory Cats tend to stick to the bottom and lower parts of the tank.

Food: Omnivore, Cory Cats will eat flake foods, they also like sinking pellets, and eat algae off the rocks.

Preferred Habitat: They can stand little to none, amounts of salts.

Tank Mates: Other peaceful fish.

Breeding: Egg layer; Cory Cats lay eggs very well hidden.  The offspring are very venerable after hatching.

pH: 6.8–7.8

Water: Preferred neutral pH

Temperature Range: (62-77 F) also (17-26 C)

Cory Cats

Emerald Green CoryAgassizi CoryAlbino Aeneus Cory

Emerald Green Cory                 Agassizi Cory                  Albino Aeneus Cory

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