Synonyms Zoogoneticus sp. Lambert, 1990 Etymology Zoogoneticus gets its name from the combination of the Greek word “zoon,” meaning small animal, and the Latin word “genesis,” meaning origin. This is likely due to the viviparous nature of the species. Tequila is named after the Volcán de Tequila, a nearby volcano located at the type […]
Two of the common names refer to the red patches that mature males develop on top of and behind the head, as well as on all the fins. This contrasts beautifully with the grayish blue of the rest of the body, making the Red Shiner a most attractive choice for the coldwater aquarium. While the Red Shiner (wild type or albino) is by far the most common shiner, other Cyprinella and Notropis species are beginning to appear with greater regularity.
What the Siamese Flying Fox may lack in brilliant coloration it more than makes up for with its other attributes. In particular, it is one of the few aquarium fish that actually eats thread algae. Its only potential drawback for many home aquaria is that it can grow to a substantial size.
Some of you may be tempted to keep Cyprinus carpio (Koi Carp) in an aquarium and we would like to advise against this. Koi are potentially large fishes best housed in large purpose-built ponds with powerful filtration systems.