Fish Ornamental

Fish Ornamental

Keeping colourful and fancy fishes known as ornamental fishes, aquarium fishes, or live jewels is one of the oldest and most popular hobbies in the world. The growing interest in aquarium fishes has resulted in steady increase in aquarium fish trade globally. The ornamental fish trade with a turnover of US $ 6 Billion and an annual growth rate of 8 percent offers lot of scope for development.

India's share in ornamental fish trade is estimated to be less than 1 % of the global trade. The major part of the export trade is based on wild collection.

Angelfish Species Profile

Long a favorite among aquarists, the angelfish is a tall fish that can be kept in a community setting, as long as its tankmates are not overly aggressive or habitual fin nippers. Fast-swimming fish may also make an angelfish nervous and may out-compete it for food. Gouramis in the genera Colisa and Trichogaster make ideal tankmates, as do many of the cichlids, such as the festivum and most of the South American and West African dwarf species.

Goldfish Species Profile

The goldfish is a form of wild carp that has been kept by humans as pets since at least 970 A.D., which is the first recorded instance of keeping and breeding them. The Chinese have developed different varieties of goldfish since then, as have the Japanese shortly thereafter. In 1728 the goldfish was first brought to Europe, and since then it has become an important commercial fish for the aquarium hobby, being bred almost everywhere in the world.

Flowerhorn Species Profile

Flower Horn is a unique fish with a very interesting behavior, temper and completely unusual appearance. Those who decided to keep Flower horn in a tank have never regretted it.Flowerhorn cichlids have a life span of 10–12 years. They are usually kept at a water temperature of 80–85 °F, and a pH of 7.4–8.0. They require a tank of a minimum of 55 gallons, with 125 gallons optimal. A breeding pair may require a tank of 150 gallons or more, depending on size.

Pearl Gourami Species Profile

The pearl gourami is one of the most beautiful anabantids -- bubble nest builders. It is peaceful and can be kept with any other community tank fish, displaying only mild aggression toward others of its species, and then usually only from males in breeding colors. Its long trailing “feelers,” which are the ventral fins of the pearl gourami, are very tempting to fin nippers such as tiger barbs or serpae tetras, so you have to be careful about not keeping these and similar fish with a pearl gourami.

Blackline rasbora Species Profile

The blackline rasbora is a streamlined, silver fish with a dark brown or black, mid-lateral stripe reaching from the gill opening to the front of the caudal fin base. Above this line is a gold stripe. The caudal fin is bright red, and unlike Rasbora einthovenii, there is no black pigment. The two sexes look alike, but adult females are slightly larger than males. The fish grows to about 2.5 inches or 6 cm in length.

Rainbowfish Species Profile

Originating from Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea, rainbowfish are so-named because of the iridescent colors they display under the proper lighting. The various types may range in size from a couple to 6 inches in length. Rainbowfish are schooling species that should be kept in small groups.

Denison Barb Species Profile

The Denison Barb, also known as the Red Lined Torpedo Barb or the Rose Line Shark, is a longer fish when compared to the other barbs. The coloration of this fish is silver in color with a black line running the length of its body and a red stripe across its eyes. It also has a red edge on its dorsal fin and yellow and black accents on the end of its tail.The Denison Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods.

Black Molly Species Profile

The black molly (Poecilia sphenops) is a hybrid variation of the sailfin molly. It is a small fish, with males reaching about three inches in length and females slightly smaller.
The black molly is fairly easy to keep in a community tank that doesn't include more aggressive fish. An ideal environment would include several females to a single male, as a lone female will often get harassed by a single male.

Guppyfish Species Profile

Although they are ideal community tank residents with fishes of similar size and temperament, if you intend to breed guppies, it is best to house them in a species-only tank. You can house three pairs in a 10-gallon tank or five to six pairs in a 20-gallon tank. Available today in many color and fin varieties, all these guppies descended from the wild Poecilia reticulata.The guppy is best housed in a 10- to 20-gallon long tank. This fish needs well-oxygenated water, but do not like much water motion.

Platyfish Species Profile

The platy probably comes in more sizes, colors and finnage types than any fish available to hobbyists today. The fish farmers in Florida and the Far East (primarily Singapore and Hong Kong) are constantly coming up with different platy varieties. This is because the platy is a very easy fish to keep, is a good community tank inhabitant and breeds prolifically.To give you an idea of the different types of platys available, they come in many shades of black, blue, red, orange and yellow.