Freshwater Aquarium Fish - Animals | HowStuffWorks
Glossary of aquatic science terms used in ichthyology and aquarium circles for freshwater and marine animals, corals and plants
If you've decided to change your saltwater aquarium into a freshwater aquarium, give yourself plenty of time to find new homes for your saltwater fish, coral and plants. Saltwater fish and plants cannot survive in a freshwater aquarium. Once your plants and animals have a new home, thoroughly clean and refurbish the fish tank.
Animals on display at the aquarium include , , , , freshwater , , , and other freshwater and saltwater fish. There is also a exhibit. The building houses over 1,500 aquatic animals. The aquarium is located in a circular building approximately 200 meters from the . A mural on the exterior by Wyland, the "Whaling Wall", depicts marine life.
When setting up a freshwater aquarium many of our customers ask what other kinds of animals they can put in the tank other than fish. There are many species of invertebrates that are easily kept in a community aquarium and some even help keep the tank cleaner. Some of these groups include snails, shrimp, lobsters, clams, and crabs.There are so many invertebrates that can be added to a freshwater aquarium of almost any size. These animals have cool behaviors, are fun to watch, and most are easy to keep. If you’re interested in adding some inverts to your aquarium, stop by the store and check out what we have in stock!Clams are rarely thought of when choosing animals for a freshwater aquarium. While they’re not as active as most animals, when kept properly, they are very interesting to watch. Clams filter food from the water by pushing water through their siphon; it’s cool to see a clam partially open filter feeding. Sometimes they bury themselves so it helps to have a fine substrate and they should be kept with peaceful fish that are not invertebrate eaters like puffers.Bivalves (clams and mussels) are easilydispensed with as far as their usefulness in freshwater aquaria goes:. Putting aside the fact that many of thespecies sold as freshwater mussels come from temperate zone waters andwon't live long in a tropical tank anyway, none of the clams ormussels in the trade feeds on anything other than plankton. So unlessyou are prepared to use a turkey baster or pipette to squeeze inportions of filter-feeder food (obtainable from stores catering tomarine aquarists), any clam or mussel placed in a freshwater tank willdie. Admittedly, it might take weeks for them to die, but die theywill, through simple starvation. Contrary to what some retailers mightsuggest, clams and mussels cannot simply survive on the algae floatingabout the water, unless your aquarium water is so algae-laden it is thecolour of pea soup! Nor can they 'scavenger' in the not clearlyidentified sort of way other retailers might suggest. Clams and musselslack mouthparts and cannot chew up food or graze on algae. A happy clamis one that has dig itself into the substrate, so even in the best casescenario these animals don't put on much of a show, and should sucha beast die hidden away in the sand, its decomposing body can create anasty pocket of anaerobic decay as well as an extra load on thebiological filter.