Different fish

There are many “odd-ball” fish around, and sometimes people want something a bit different.There are many “odd-ball” fish around, and sometimes people want something a bit different.

Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracanthus): A very popular fish, an attractive one. It has some distinctive black stripes across the body, always with one through the forehead and eyes. It can be quite an active fish, and can tolerate other species, seems to do well with other Clown Loaches.
Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
200-300mm Sumatra Moderate All foods, algae 26 C Tolerant

Picture – Freshwater Aquarium and Shirlie Sharp.


Coolie Loach (Pangio kuhlii): These worm like things have black bodys, with golden -brown bands across them. They spent most of their time wriggling across the floor foraging for food.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
110 mm S.E. Asia Moderate All foods, worms 24 C Friendly

Picture – Debbs Denizens Of The Deep

Rope Fish, Snakefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus): This is certainly a fish from the norm, and would need a very big tank. This fish is a lobe-finned pike, from the family of Polypteridae.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
400 mm West Africa Moderate Live fish, worms 24 C Species

Pufferfish (Tetraodon steindachneri): This is actually ‘Tetradon steindachneri’, of the Tetradonae family. A fantastic looking fish, although i have never had one personally. This fish is very intolerant and aggresive, and often attacks plants – one good thing though, they go for snails as well.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
60 mm S.Asia Moderate Live fish, lettuce 24 C Species

Picture – Freshwater Aquarium and Shirlie Sharp

Freshwater Stingray (Potamotrygon laticeps): Eh? I could actually have a freshwater stingray, you are thinking, and you would be right in that assumption – but they are very rare and many have had difficulty in breeding them in captivity. Of course, they can get very large as well.

Size Origin Ease of keep Food Temp Type
700 mm S.America Difficult Difficult 24 C Community
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