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Scribbled Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus duboulayi)

The Scribbled Angelfish or Chaetodontoplus duboulayi is a beautiful saltwater fish that is found in the Pacific Ocean in and around reefs.  This species of Angelfish can grow to about 8-1/2" (220mm) in length and is a fairly popular aquarium fish.  Scribbled Angelfish get their name from the dark blue scribbles that cover the majority of their bodies.  A dark bar runs across their eyes and their mouths are yellow.  They also can be identified by the vertical yellow bar behind their gills and a yellow horizontal stripe that runs across the top of their bodies.

Scribbled Angelfish are omnivorous grazers that will feed on crustaceans, algae, coral polyps and a variety of foods.  They are from the Pomacanthidae family of saltwater fishes are are sometimes referred to as Duboulay's Angelfish.  These fish require a large aquarium with plenty of hiding spaces.  They are considered to be fairly shy at first, but once they grow accustom to their new environment they will be quite active and can even learn to feed right out of the owner's hand!  You can check out the Scribbled Angelfish in an aquarium in the video below.

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Stonecat (Noturus flavus)

The Stonecat or Noturus flavus is one of the more common species of Catfish.  It is widely distributed throughout North America in places like the Hudson River, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Mississippi River basin.  This freshwater fish is often found in and around large rocks, hence their name the Stonecat.  Be careful if you catch one of these fish they have poison glands at the base of their pectoral and dorsal fin spines that can cause an unpleasant sting if they puncture the skin.

Stonecats can grow to about 12" in length and will live to about 9 years old.  They are olive in color and often have a white spot on the upper part of their caudal fin.  Like other species of Madtoms, they mainly feed on larvae, fish eggs, worms, minnows, amphipods and the occasional crayfish. 

Spawning of the Stonecat fish occurs in the 3rd or 4th year of life.  The male will guard the nest which is often made under large rocks.  If you have any additional information about the Stonecat please leave us a comment below.

Sabre-toothed Blenny (Aspidontus taeniatus)

The Sabre-toothed Blenny or Aspidontus taeniatus is the trickster of salt water fish. This species of Blenny will actually mimic the "dance" of the Cleanerfish or Cleaner Wrasse which is a fish that will clean parasites and scales of other fish from their underbellies. When the Sabre-tooth Blenny gets it unsuspecting victim to expose their underbelly it will will attack with its sharp teeth and then run away as if to just teach a lesson not to trust other fish. This odd trait gives them the nickname False Cleanerfish and Cleaner Mimic. You can check out the Sabre-tooth Blenny attacking a Yellow Tang in the video below.

As you can imagine this fish should only be kept in a solitary tank. It can be distinguished from the Cleanerfish from its shark like mouth. They are found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans and can grow to about 4" (100mm).

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Congo Glass Catfish (Parailia congica)

The Congo Glass Catfish or Parailia congica is an amazing fish with a semi-transparent body. You can actually see the internal organs and backbone of this fish right through its skin! This freshwater fish is also known as the African Glass Catfish and can grow to about 3" (8cm) in maximum length. Their odd appearance makes them a favorite in aquariums.  The follow water conditions are acceptable, pH 6.5 to 7.5 (6.9), 2-15 dH (8) and temperatures between 73-79°F (23-26°C). They are considered to be a good community fish and should be in a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of hiding places with vegetation if possible. They can be fed flake food, brine shrimp, tubifex and the live food as much as possible to keep them healthy.

Congo Glass Catfish have a scaleless body that lacks pigment and gives them their unusual appearance. They often have small brown spots that cover their bodies. They have a darker brown stripe that runs through the middle of its body to its tail. This species of Catfish has long barbels on its upper jaw and two shorter barbels on its lower jaw. They have no dorsal or adipose fins. You can check out the Congo Glass Catfish underwater in the video below.
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Ladyfish (Elops saurus)

The Ladyfish or Elops saurus is a saltwater fish that inhabits the Atlantic Ocean. This fish can tolerate freshwater and is often found in bays and estuaries. They can be caught with surface baits and tend to school together. Once hooked they are said to put up a good fight and often jump right out of the water. Ladyfish have a slender body with small scales and a small pointed head. This fish is primarily silver with a hint of blue and yellow tints.

This fish is part of the Elopidae family along with the Tarpon.  They will feed on smaller fish and crustaceans.  Spawning occurs offshore in the late summer to early fall. Ladyfish can reach about 4lbs in maximum weight. They are sometimes known as Ten Pounders.  You can check out the Ladyfish swimming along with a Lookdown in the video below.

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