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Depending on which writers you favor there is one genus (Siganus) and two sub-genera, or elevating those two, two genera (Siganus and Lo); the former with 22 species, the latter with five. All have a, well... typical "rabbit-face" appearance and body plan. Lagomorph similarities include small, apical hare-like mouths, large, dark eyes and reserved temperament.

Virgatus rabbitfish

 

Depending on which writers you favor there is one genus (Siganus) and two sub-genera, or elevating those two, two genera (Siganus and Lo); the former with 22 species, the latter with five. All have a, well... typical "rabbit-face" appearance and body plan. Lagomorph similarities include small, apical hare-like mouths, large, dark eyes and reserved temperament.

Virgatus rabbitfish

 

The flame angelfish is one of the most beautiful in the genus, as well as one of the hardiest. It's also one of the top 5 most popular quarium fish among thousands vailable! It is orange overall, with dark bands on the body and blue markings on the rear edges of the dorsal and anal fins. This fish can become aggressive toward members of its own genus, as well as fishes with similar shape or behavior introduced after it has become an established. Make sure it is placed in a tank with plenty of hiding places. Commonly kept in reef tanks, it may nip at corals, clams, etc., although it is generally not bad. Like all pygmy angels, it does best in reef tanks or tanks containing live rock and/or plenty of algae.

Flame Angel (Centropyge loricula)

 

The Humu Humu Trigger, a.k.a. Picasso Trigger, is a beautiful fish full of colors and distinct markings. These fish are one of the lesser aggressive Triggers and do well in a community aquarium.

Humu-Humu Trigger (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)

 

Coral catfish are usually found in schools, scavenging the substrate around reefs in the Indo-Pacific. They must be handled with care because of their enomous spines. Juvenile coral catfish develop beautiful striped patterns, which fade and eventually disappear as they mature.

Coral Catfish (Plotosus lineatus)

 

Red Leg Reef Hermit crabs, Clibanarius sp., are native to the Atlantic reefs found bordering the Americas. This crab is also known as a Dwarf Red and Equal-Handed Hermit Crab. Their diet is limited to algae and uneaten foods. Hermit Crabs will spend their time climbing across Live Rock and the substrate in search of their next meal. This species must molt in order to grow. Generally at night, it will leave its shell home, lay on its back, and exit its exoskeleton. A new exoskeleton is excreted and will harden over a period of several hours. The animal is vulnerable at this time and should not be disturbed. These hermit crabs will be small upon arrival and it is suggested that plenty of empty shells be available in the aquarium the crabs are to be housed in so they can trade up to new shells as needed.

Red Leg Reef Hermit Crab (Clibanarius sp.)

 

This peaceful fish is a member of the family Microdesmidae, which are referred to as dartfishes, close relatives of the popular Firefish. It is light green with pink bars on the body, a pink blotch on the gill cover and blue lines on the head. The bar goby should be kept with less aggressive tankmates in an aquarium with numerous places to hide. It is often reluctant to come out of hiding for a week or two, but once it is fully acclimated it will swim about the tank without reservation. These gobies are rarely aggressive towards other fishes, and can be kept in small groups in the aquarium.

Bar Goby - Ptereleotris zebraAlso known as: Zebra Dartfish, Barred Dartfish, and Zebra Dart Goby

 

Blue Damsel, Chrysiptera cyanea is also known as the Blue Devil Damsel or the Sapphire Damsel. This fish is commonly found in the Indian & Pacific Oceans. The Chrysiptera genus are omnivores that thrive with a variety of prepared and frozen foods. Damsels are hardy and are reef safe. They will swim actively at all levels of the aquarium. It is generally peaceful, but may be somewhat territorial and aggressive as an adult. A great fish for aquarists of all experience levels.

Blue Devil Damselfish (Abudefduf cyaneus, Chrysiptera cyanea)

 

Blue Damsel, Chrysiptera cyanea is also known as the Blue Devil Damsel or the Sapphire Damsel. This fish is commonly found in the Indian & Pacific Oceans. The Chrysiptera genus are omnivores that thrive with a variety of prepared and frozen foods. Damsels are hardy and are reef safe. They will swim actively at all levels of the aquarium. It is generally peaceful, but may be somewhat territorial and aggressive as an adult. A great fish for aquarists of all experience levels.

Blue Damsel (Abudefduf cyaneus, Chrysiptera cyanea)

 

Dartfishes are a family, Ptereleotridae, of goby-like fishes in the order Perciformes.[1] They are saltwater fish.[citation needed] The dartfishes were formerly classified as the subfamily Ptereleotrinae of the wormfishes, Microdesmidae, but this classification made Microdesmidae polyphyletic, hence the elevation to a family within the suborder Gobioidei.

Spot Tail Dartfish (Ptereleotridae)

 

Emerald Crab is a species of crab used as pets in marine house aquariums. They are dark green colored. They can sometimes be aggressive. The species are found in tropical waters in the Caribbean.

Emerald Crab

 

applies to most members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells

Snails (some snails are parasitic but are rarely, if ever, offered in the saltwater aquaria trade)

 

The molly is a tropical fish that prefers a little salt in their water. A teaspoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of water will go a long way in helping them. This is a very attractive tropical fish that comes in many different colors such as orange, green and black. Some of the more popular varieties include the sailfin, balloon and the dalmation. This is a livebearing tropical fish that can be fairly easy to breed. For many aquarists the biggest problem is not getting them to breed but stopping them from breeding. If left in a tank with other adult fish, the baby mollies will get eaten. Mollies will eat flakes, frozen, freeze dried and definitely live foods.

Black Molly, Sailfin Molly, Lyretail Molly

 

The Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis) is a popular aquarium fish endemic to tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Orbicular batfish (Platax orbicularis)

 

The royal gramma, Gramma loreto, is a very popular fish in the aquatics trade.

royal gramma, (Gramma loreto)

 

The emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, is a species of marine angelfish. It is a reef-associated fish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the Red Sea to Hawaii and the Austral Islands

Emperor angelfish

 

The American lobster is a species of lobster (scientific name Homarus americanus), also known as the northern lobster, or the Maine lobster. They thrive in cold, shallow waters where there are many rocks and other places to hide from predators. Lobsters are solitary and nocturnal.

American lobster (Homarus Americanus)

 

Amberjack is the name of a pair of species of fish of the Carangidae family, which includes the jacks and the pompanos.

Amberjack (Carangidae family)

 

The Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, is a warm water marine fish that can grow to 90 cm long and weigh 18 kg.

Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis

 

epaulette shark (Hemiscyillum freycineti)

epaulette shark (Hemiscyillum freycineti)