Flamefish

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Description of the Flamefish

The Flamefish is an ideal choice for the beginner, it is hardy and easy to feed and makes a beautiful addition to the tropical marine aquarium. It is a nocturnal fish, spending its day hiding in caves and rock crevices. It is important to ensure that it is housed in a tank with plenty of planting and hiding places. The spotted cardinal can be aggressive and territorial toward other Cardinals.

Popular Name: Flamefish
Species: Apogon maculatus

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Flamefish

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Profile of the Flamefish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Flamefish species.

  • Size: up to 11cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried Food, Mysis Shrimp, Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Keep a single specimen or a mating pair

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dweller at depths of up to 128m

  • Behaviour: Need plenty of planting and caves to hide in, Peaceful towards other fish species

  • Range: Western Atlantic

Scientific Classification of the Flamefish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Apogon maculatus

  • Popular Name: Flamefish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Apogonidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Flamefish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!



Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Flamefish slimy?
Flamefish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Flamefish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Flamefish have gills?
Gills enable the Flamefish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Flamefish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Flamefish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Flamefish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Flamefish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Flamefish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Flamefish

Flamefish

  • Interesting Information about Flamefish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Flamefish slimy?

  • Why do the Flamefish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Flamefish have fins?

  • Species: Apogon maculatus

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