The rivers and lakes of Africa are home to an incredible diversity of fish, a lot of them both weird and colourful. And in this hall, a number of them get a home in four aquaria, covering most of the walls. And because this is the most Africa-dedicated part of the aquarium, an acacia and a statue of a lion are almost mandatory.
Some of these fish I see on stores… As beautiful as they can be people have no idea what they’re getting into.
Archer fish: brackish with special diet and housing. Will die in typical tropical aquariums.
SA arowana: 4’ jumpers… No place in an average aquarium… If you’re doing massive customs… Well all the power to you.
bichir: beautiful personality fish! But even the smallest varieties reach a foot in length. They’re belligerent predators. Great prehistoric fish, needs a specialty setup to thrive as an adult.
bucktooth tetra: I’ve seen these available in my saltwater store as piranha tetra/wolf tetra. They are beautiful, lively fish, but must be in a species only and in 12+ schools. They grow bigger making this hard. They’ll kill any fish regardless of aggression level or size. This includes eachother if they’re allowed to focus.
African butterfly fish: often brought to fish stores in poor condition. They have a poor survival rate unless specialty care is taken.
chaca catfish: not the prettiest fish. They’re venomous, aren’t afraid to sting you and will eat anything the width of their head. I’ve seen these as babies labled Sandy catfish due to their appearance. You don’t want one in your tank.
Chinese algae eater: once older they suck at eating algae and rather eat other fish. At a foot long that’s not a hard task.
cichla and pike cichlid: Big fish with special diet and care. They’ll outgrow most if not all aquariums, can’t have tankmates and require handmade diets. You don’t want these cool fish in your average cichlid tank.
electric catfish: Actually a dangerous fish. They shock strong and will send any fish with them flying. They also get big making them very hard to keep and manage.
mormyridae fish: These are your elephant fish, your knife fish. They can be cared for and are quite rewarding. But they require special diets and setups that are often large. Most normal or beginner aquarium owners will lose them or their other fish fast.
Flagtails: I saw these at my local petsmart labled as some sort of shark. Pretty when young. They get big, ate hyper, and can jump feet into the air. They leave most tanks in shambles even at a young age.
fossil cats: venomous and can cause a lot of harm even at an inch in length. They’re starting to become banned in a lot of places and should just be avoided.
giant gourami: I’ve seen them labled as whale gourami, grey gourami and goramy. They will almost always excced 2’ and are becoming more popular. Most people can’t deal with the size and dump them.
iridescent sharks: You wanted a “shark” You got one 4’ and up to 100lbs… Just try to manage one in your aquarium. They’re also catfish so will eat everything and sting.
pacu: The veggie Piranha. They grow massive and weigh 60 pounds. Most people will kill and eat them once they’re no longer able to be handled.
piranha: restricted in many places, I still see them for sale though. They get a fair size, need big schools, will kill and eat most anything…. But despite all that are very shy and lazy fish. Most people get bored once the predatory kick wares off and they become a lot of work.
pufferfish: not for a community. Most are brackish and require special diets and care. Some species can get bigger too. Do your research.
redtail catfish: Haha… They have personalities, but when adults are measured in feet, you should be worried.
rope fish: or Reed fish. Another one of those that grow big but can be managed. Do your research as they do have special care and tank requirements.
silver dollar: they need large tanks to thrive. They lose their appeal as adults. They can’t be housed with smaller fish or plants.
tiger shovel catfish: They get very large, are predators and are very easily spooked and startled often causing them to die of concussion damage.
shark catfish: I’ve seen them sold as silver sharks. They need a slow transition from fresh to marine water as they grow. They’ll rip the scales off of other fish regardless of size.
if you have any more feel free to add them. Theses are all fish I’ve seen being sold in stores or on local ads.
Squid Research Lab breaking news! Apparently the squid world’s main power source is energy generated by these electric catfish dudes. In the single-player mode, it’s our brave squid hero’s job to recover the electric catfish stolen by the evil octopus forces and then infiltrate their headquarters. What an electrifying discovery!
Electric Egg’s Neil Baker is a keen fish keeper as well as being a filmmaker, animator and illustrator. His love of natural history illustration led him to produce this to hang above his aquarium, a visual record of the species he has kept. All drawn in watercolour, pencil, pencil crayon and indian ink.
We’ve just received this new sketch from one of our junior field researchers. Apparently the octopus army has built a massive weapon somewhere deep in their underground lair, and it sounds like they’re powering it with one of the kidnapped electric catfish! It’ll surely take quite an effort to defeat that bad boy and save the poor little fishy.