Pictures of Reef Fish and Tropical Fish
Images of Reef Fish, And Gifts Ideas
Tropical fish found on coral reefs and in tropical waters are astonishingly colorful and diverse. The beauty of this wonderful marine life has inspired generations of artists and designers.
They're a popular element in powder room décor. Who hasn't seen cute little angel fish hanging on someone's bathroom wall? Or a coloful shower curtain full of yellow tangs?
Coral reefs, teeming with thousands of different species of marine life, are a constant draw for divers and snorkelers.
But there's danger lurking in the rocks .... did you know a beautiful, but dangerous species has recently invaded Atlantic and Caribbean reefs? He's dangerous not only to other ocean life, but also to humans and the delicate underwater ecosystem. Who is he? Read on to find out.
Are You an Aquarium Keeper? - (a poll)
Do you have, or have you ever had, an aquarium?
The Mandarin Fish Takes on New Challengers
In the last group of tropical fish pictures featured on this page, the colorful Mandarinfish was the clear winner.
Now, he takes on a new group of challengers, with five different reef fish pictues from all around the internet. Can he hold on to the title, or will another image prevail this time?.
It's up to you!
Have a look at all six images, and then vote for the one you like best.
Powderblue Surgeonfish Near Mozambique
Closeup of a Brightly Colored Crescent Wrassee
Tropical Fish in Bora-Bora Lagoon
Vote for your favorite Image - ( a poll)
Vote for your favorite among the above posters and prints.
Beautiful Corals and Fascinating Marine Creatures
For the serious diver, snorkeler, or guardian of the world's coral reefs. This set will help you identify just about everything you see while diving or snorkeling the beautiful waters off Florida, around The Bahamas, and in the Caribbean. A must have!
The books even have plastic covers and water resistant pages so you can take them along with you. (But not under water, of course)
Identify Them with This Multi Volume Set
Excellent photos and details about individiual species of corals, fish, and other creatures found in the reefs of Florida, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean
Freshwater vs. Saltwater
Tropical, Reef, and Marine Fish
The term tropical fish can refer to either saltwater or freshwater species that are typically found in tropical waters.
Prized for their beauty and color, they are popular with hobbyists who set up home aquariums to keep them.
Most freshwater tropical varieties are colorful due to the irridescent nature of their. However, some are specially bread for pigmentation to satisfy the aquarium trade.
Saltwater tropical fish, also referred to as Reef Fish, because they live primarily on the world's ocean reefs, generally owe their colorful appearance to natural pigmentation. Sometimes referred to as "marine" by hobbyists, their variety is utterly amazing. They come in nearly every color you can imagine, and their habits and habitats are fascinating, too.
Add a Touch of Color to Your Décor - Sea Creatures from the Tropics
Sea creatures from warm marine regions are quite popular for home décor - particularly in bathrooms, but you'll also find them in other rooms of the house. Because they are naturally so colorful, many people see them as a way to add a burst of color to a room while still using a natural element.
a real aquarium that you can hang on your wall like a framed picture!
Dangerously Beautiful Invader
An invasive species is bringing a danger and a problem to some North American waters.
This guy may be beautiful, but it also poses a distinct danger - to humans, other marine life, and the ecosystem of the Caribbean reef.
The red lionfish - Pterois volitans - has invaded the waters of Florida, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean in recent years, and it's causing a big problem. The invasion may be a result of pet owners releasing their aquarium specimens into the sea after tiring of them. In any event, it has become a BIG problem
This Beauty is Causing Problems in North American Waters
PROBLEM #1: Danger to Humans
Native to the Indo-Pacific reefs, the lionfish has venomous ray fins. The venom causes vomiting, fever and sweating. In rare cases, it's been fatal.
PROBLEM # 2: Danger to the Ecosystem
Because of their voracious appetites, rapid rate of reproduction, and the fact that they have no kown preditors in the Atlantic or Caribbean, they are literally eating up other creatures faster than those other creatures can reproduce. Scientists fear they may soon wipe out rmyotr species and upset the balance of the ecosystem. For example, the supply of grouper has diminished as the population of lionfish has expanded.
EFFORTS to CONTROL the PROBLEM
A number of countries, including the US, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and The Caymans, have authorized 'lionfish hunts,' in an effort to stem their incredible population explosion. (The hunting is done by spearing them while scuba diving.)
Government and non governmental organizations are encouraging restaurants to add dishes featuring these edible invaders to their menus, hoping an increased demand may eventually lead to active harvesting of the troublesome species.
Video of the Amazing Looking, but Dangerous Lionfish
Lionfish really are beautiful, and most unusual looking. They are almost surreal in appearance. Yet, make no mistake about it, that beauty is deceiving. They are poisonous to humans, and destructive an ecosystem and marine population to which they have been artificially introduced.
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Snorkel in the Caribbean
See Beautiful Caribbean Tropical Fish First Hand!
If you'd prefer not to go to the trouble of setting up a saltwater aquarium to enjoy the sight of beautiful tropical fish, consider doing a little snorkeling in the Caribben, the Florida Keys, or The Bahamas.
Even for those who aren't experienced snorkelers or advanced swimmers, it's possible to snorkel with an experienced guide, who will instruct you in the use of the equipment, and provide you with an inflatable safety vest and flotation device. You will be amazed at the new world you will discover beneath the surface of the turquoise waters!
Shown here is a Stoplight Parrotfish, a common species the Caribbean. I am always fascinated by the way they giltter and glisten with the sunlight from above filters down through the clear Caribbean water and they swim out of a shadow and int the light!
Have You Snorkeled a Reef?
Have you seen tropical fish in the wild while snorkeling?
Cute Ocean Critters from Romero Britto - Popular Items for Those in the Know
Romero Britto items are as hot as the tropics this year, and the hip young designer has used tropical fish as the theme for several designs.
What a great way to keep your passport nice and handy
For the kitchen.
The World's Coral Reefs
Many Species Live on and Around Coral Reefs
The vast majority of the world's coral reefs lie within the tropics: Between the Tropic of Cancer in the north, and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south. Technically speaking, that's between latitude 23.4378Â° N and 23.4378Â° S, though many people tend to think of the tropics as being generally between the 30 degree latitude lines.
Where do most of the tropical reef fish live?
- About 500 - 700 species live on the Caribbean Reef (includes Florida and The Bahamas)
- The Indo-Pacific region reefs are home to 5000 - 6000 species.
- Australia's Great Barrier Reef reef, part of the Indo-Pacific region, has 1500 - 2000 species.
Tropical Fish Collectibles
Can you find a something cool on eBay today?
I've seen some awfully cute collectibles on eBay from time to time.
Here's a sampling of what's available there right now.
The particular item shown here could be gone by this time tomorrow, as auctions there have various ending times . (A word to the wise!)
Please stay long enough to say hello, OK?