North American Fishes for the Home Aquarium, David M. Schlesser

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is the only member of its genus to be found in the . Its range covers southeastern United States, from south to and , and through the Florida Gulf Coast to . It is one of the few aquarium fishes to come from North America.
Schleser, David M. 1998. North American Native Fishes for the HomeAquarium.Barron's. 169 pp.
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They are typically , and often live near the surface, where the oxygen-rich water compensates for environmental disadvantages. Scheel (1968) observed the gut contents were invariably ants, others have reported insects, worms and aquatic crustaceans. Aquarium specimens are invariably seen eating protozoans from the water column and the surfaces of leaves, however these are not apparent as stomach contents. North American "pupfish" eat plant material as well and some have adapted to a diet very high in algae to the point where one, the American Flag Fish is well known to eat algae especially thread algae in the aquarium, despite being in a family of fishes that do not generally consume any plant material. Although even this is a slight misnomer and killifish derive from some foods the carotenoids and other chemicals required to make these pigments which come from pollen grains from on the surface of and in the gut of insects they eat from the surface of the water, simulated in culture by the use of special color enhancing foods that contain them similar the same case with red factor canaries. (AFI) was a North American monthly , published by  of , and dedicated to  and  and the aquarium/fishkeeping hobby in general.
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These fish are naturally occurring somewhere in the continent of North America which includes the US, Canada, and Mexico. Keeping native fish can make your aquarium educational as you learn about the wonderful colors, behaviors, and habitats of fish that can often be found in your own neighborhood. Most fish found at local pet stores are either harvested in foreign countries or cultured in large fish farms in Florida. As a result many of these fish have escaped and become established in Florida causing problems for our native fishes by competing with them for food and places to live. Today, many wetlands, lakes, and streams of Florida have just as many or more exotic fishes from around the world as native fishes. This problem is not restricted to Florida as many species (goldfish, common carp, northern snakehead, and weather loach) have become established in other parts of the US. Problems can also occur when North American species are introduced outside their native range, so please be responsible aquarists and never release your fish.Bluenose Shiner - two males displaying for each other to see who dominates for the privilege of spawning with the females in the area. Native North American fishes make great aquarium fishes!North American fish can be fed many of the same feeds that you would buy at the local pet store for popular aquarium fish. Minnows and shiners take very well to tropical flake foods, darters and small sunfish feed well on frozen foods such as blood worms, and larger sunfish are much like cichlids and will feed on cichlid pellets. Far and away the best known of all the NorthAmerican livebearers is probably the common mosquitofish, . These fish are most abundant in the Deep South fromFlorida across to Texas and down into Mexico. Mosquitofish preferstill, shallow waters thick with vegetation and tree roots, where theyare relatively safe from larger, predatory fish and have constantaccess to a rich supply of the insect larvae and other small animalsthey life to feed on. They can be found in both fresh and brackishwaters, and will adapt well to an aquarium with a specific gravity ofup to 1.010. Other water parameters do not seem to be important, and inthe wild at least these fish are commonly found in stagnant water, andthe exact pH and hardness doesn't matter provided extremes areavoided. Mosquitofish resemble guppies in size and shape, and as withguppies, the male is much smaller than the female; the most notabledifference is the absence of the brightly coloured tail fin. There area variety of subspecies, and while the females are all pretty similar,the males vary in the size and number of the black spots and blotchesthey have covering the body. In the most commonly traded subspecies,, often called Holbrook'smosquitofish, these patches are large and often merge, giving the malefish a distinctly piebald appearance. All the mosquitofish are a littleon the aggressive side compared with guppies, and some specimens becomefin-nippers as well. Consequently, they are best combined with largerfish that are able to look after themselves but are not sufficientlypredatory to view the mosquitofish as food.