Learning about rare tropical fish can be a very rewarding thing to do because it can introduce you to all of the interesting little things that float and flipper around in the ocean. You never know what lurks beneath the water, big or small, until you give knowledge a shot and take a look at some of the great fish that are living with us on this great planet. It can be very interesting to take a look at some of these fish. Visiting an aquarium can provide you with a good look at some of the rare tropical fish that we share the world with and that swim in our seas.
There is a lot of “oddball” or rare tropical fish that we may never even have heard about. One such fish is commonly known as the clown knifefish. The clown knifefish is about twenty-four inches long but can grow up to forty inches long. In most aquarium spaces, the knifefish will not grow that big. The clown knifefish needs a large tank because of its size and needs a gentle circulation system that works the water through the tank. There should be a sandy bottom to the tank and rounded smooth stones all around for comfort as this is the best way to recreate its surroundings in the natural habitat.
Other Rare Fish
Another type of rare tropical fish is the “Elephantnose” fish, also known as Peter’s Elephantnose. This African fish, found mainly in the Congo, is about 8 inches long and needs a large tank in which to reside. Like the clown knifefish, the Elephantnose fish likes a sandy bottom. It also prefers to have lots of areas in which to hide, so including plenty of plants and other types of hiding spots would be ideal for an Elephantnose fish tank. They can get territorial with other fish of their own kind, so be careful as to not include too many Elephantnose fish in one tank. They are generally compatible with other fish in a large community tank, however.
Another rare tropical fish type is the archer fish. The archer fish, from India and Southeast Asia mostly, is about ten inches in length. They are known to be a fairly peaceful and easygoing rare tropical fish and can get along well in a larger tank with lots of rooted plants throughout. They feed on insects on the surface of the water, so this should be taken into account when setting up the tank so that you can include a space between the lid and the water for the insects to be dropped.