What the Dario dario lacks in stature, he makes up for in personality! Often described as a dwarf cichlid (they're not), this diminutive fish will amuse you with his antics. Males are a vibrant red, with 7 dark vertical stripes and a blue iridescent sheen to their scales. Females, on the other hand, are a uniform gray. Their stripes are indistinct or missing altogether. As for size--the average male will be about 0.8 inches long and the females are even smaller (0.5 inches). Lifespan for these little guys is between 4 and 6 years.
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We have searched online for hours, but have been unable to find very much information regarding these tiny fish. With that being said, we'll post what we have found and the rest, we'll just have to learn together!
Reef safe: Yes
Native to: Western Pacific (inhabits reefs and can usually be found hovering over corals and/or sponges)
Care: ? (ours have been very easy to care for and appear to be quite hardy)
Hangs Out: All over the tank, but with a tendency towards the mid to bottom regions
Not often seen at your local pet or fish store, this caridina can sometimes be difficult to come by. If you do happen to run across them, our best advice is to get as many as you can (you won't be sorry)!!!
This low maintenance, totally aquatic, frog is just flat out fun to watch. Can't afford tickets to the ballet? No problem! The ADF performs daily, admission is free and he has moves no human ballerina could ever hope to match!
Life Span--5 years (though it can be longer under ideal circumstances)
Size--1 1/2 inches sitting (2 1/2 with legs outstretched)
Native Habitat--shallow river, creeks, ponds, etc., of Central Africa
Ghost shrimp.......they're not just for dinner anymore. Admit it, when you think of ghost shrimp, you picture an overcrowded, undecorated, tank, chock full of these guys, who are just waiting to become a meal for some oscar. You may even avert your eyes as you walk past them. If you've never brought home a ghostie as anything other than fish food, then you're missing out. Granted, they're not the prettiest of shrimp, but they're one of the most interesting. Indigenous to the United States, they will grow up to 2 inches long, and can live for up to 2 years. As with most dwarf shrimp, the female is larger than the male. She will have a saddle or eggs under her belly, and a high arc along the tail.
One of the prettier snails, nerites come in a variety of colors and patterns--horned, zebra, olive, green turtle, and batiki, just to name a few. Ranging anywhere from half an inch, to an inch in diameter, these workhorses live for about a year.
This freewheeling denizen of the freshwater tank, is native to Japan, as well as parts of Korea and Taiwan. In the wild, they live in swamps and marshes feeding off algae. Amanos, are one of the more long lived shrimp with a life span of 2-3 years (there's some anecdotal evidence out there, that says they may live even longer). While not as colorful as some shrimp, they're a nice size (2 inches), so easy to see in the tank.