of How to Feed Tropical Fish was reviewed by on May 26, 2016.

I know your pain, I once struggled with keeping tropical fish in my home aquarium too.
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The environments of the great African rift lakes, where these cichlids come from, is vastly different than the tropical lakes and rivers most other aquarium fish live in. African cichlids are just a totally different kind of fish, and you have to know what you are doing to keep them successfully.
Are you looking for a place to show off your favorite freshwater tropical fish?
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In 1832, , a pioneering French marine biologist, became the first person to create aquaria for experimenting with aquatic organisms. In 1836, soon after his invention of the , Dr. proposed to use his tanks for tropical animals. In 1841 he did so, though only with aquatic plants and toy fish. However, he soon housed real animals. In 1838, noted owning a , though he did not use the term. In 1846, maintained and for almost three years, and was credited as the creator of the first balanced marine aquarium in London. English chemist experimented with a 13-gallon container, which contained goldfish, , and , creating one of the first stable aquaria. The aquarium principle was fully developed by Warington, explaining that plants added to water in a container would give off enough oxygen to support animals, so long as their numbers do not grow too large. He published his findings in 1850 in the . All sorts of tropical fish abound, both in the sea, in the rivers, and the lakes.
Photo provided by FlickrA tropical fish of the Mesoprion family, frequenting the deep-water banks of the West Indies.
Photo provided by FlickrIt is a tropical fish, its range extending from the Florida Keys to Brazil.
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The undersea world is on the move. is propelling fish and other ocean life into what used to be cooler waters, and researchers are scrambling to understand what effect that is having on their new neighborhoods. They are finding that the repercussions of the migration of tropical fish, in particular, are often devastating. Invading tropical species are stripping kelp forests in Japan, Australia, and the eastern Mediterranean and chowing down on sea grass in the northern Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard.Vergés and her colleagues recently documented how tropical fish, which are normally a beneficial companion to coral beds, can devastate a kelp forest. Their . and kelp forests are often known as the sea's nurseries because they have nooks and crannies filled with nutrients that feed and protect fish larvae and juveniles. The kelp and sea grass, however, are being replaced with other warm-water species such as coral that follow the arrival of tropical fish, said Vergés.Once a tropical fish species arrives in a new area, it can quickly mow down vegetation and algae and destroy the lush habitat that protects other species. For instance, "parrotfish are capable of eating a lot of sea grass per individual," said marine scientist of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Many tropical fish species are "browsers" or "scrapers" that clean coral of algae and plants that could otherwise choke the reefs. But when the herbivorous fish move toward more temperate waters, they often find a bountiful harvest of kelp or sea grass to feed their voracious appetites.Our lesson on how to draw a tropical fish with chalk pastels is a demonstration of the steps involved in creating our tropical fish drawing above. The example we have chosen is a Majestic Angel from Australasia. The bold primary colors and patterns on the fish make this a good subject to display the qualities of chalk pastels.