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About Balloon fish :
The balloon fish is a kind of porcupine fish. It has 19 genuses. They are closely interrelated to puffer fish, which have a related defensive capability, but not quite as marked. Tetraodontidae is a family of first and foremost aquatic and estuarine fish of the Tetraodontiformes order. The family consists of many known species, which are known as puffer fish, balloon fish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads, and sea squab.
Physical features :
The balloon fish is a boxy-looking species with a pointed head and big eyes. It is ordinary and not vulnerable. The lengthy spines or scales on its skin lie flat beside its body. The pectoral and tail fins are tiny and fragile. The skin is whitish, and there are dark blotch on its skin, giving it a mottled appearance. Fully developed balloon fish can reach lengths of 55 cm. The inner organs of these fish, such as the ovaries and liver, include a strong toxin known as tetrodotoxin, which is at least 1,300 times more venomous than cyanide. Tetrodotoxin is created by a number of bacteria residing inside the fish. Amusingly, the bacteria are in some way obtained from the fish�s food. Fish breed in captivity are not venomous.
- Size: 20.3 to 35.5 cm
- Diet: Mollusks, crabs, urchins and small fishes
- Range: Western Atlantic, Florida and Brazil and South Africa
- Habitat: 2-200 meters in tropical & sub-tropical aquatic coastal waters
When threatened or terrified, the balloon fishwill take in water thus evidently increasing its overall body mass. In this extravagant state, its spines stand upright. The spines and the engorged size can prove threatening to potential predators.
Balloon ram fish :
Physical features : Balloon ram fish are a well-liked aquarium fish for several of reasons. Their colors can be completely astonishing, an ideal blend of shimmering yellow-gold with neon blue in the night. They have the qualities of aggressiveness without the capability or desire to hurt most tank mates. Ramfish are mostly bluffed. A ram showing off his colors is only spectacular. Their small and quiet personality makes them perfect fish for a small tank. They will blend well with most other non- violent cichlids, corys, etc.
- Maximum Size: 2.6 inches
- Life Span: 5 years
- Habitat: South American Rivers
- Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
- Possible Tank Mates: Balloon ram fish or non violent community fish such as silver dollars, Plecos also work well with rams.
Balloon Molly Fish :
The Balloon Molly fish is scientifically named as Poecilia latipinna. The Balloon Molly has an arched back and a curved, huge belly. Color varieties consist of a combination of black, yellow, or white. These fish also have a big, lyre-shaped caudal fin and a striking dorsal fin. Mollies have the capability to adjust to a variety of salt levels in the aquarium. With a slow acclimation, these fish may be kept in either a freshwater aquarium or a brine aquarium.
- Care Level : Reasonable
- Temperament : Calm
- Water Conditions : 68-83 F
- Maximum Size : 4"
- Color Form : Black, White and Yellow
- Diet : Omnivore animal
- Origin : East coast of Florida, North Carolina
- Family : Poeciliidae