Amazon Basin Tank
Latin: Pterophyllum scalare
Diet: Small fish and macroinvertebrates
The super-attractive, elegant angelfish are perhaps the most recognisable of all Tommy’s fishy friends. They have highly compressed, round bodies with elongated triangular dorsal fins and longitudinal stripes. Angelfish form monogamous pairs. Their body shape and stripes allows them to hide among roots and plants.
Angelfish have a slow swimming motion which makes them a very attractive aquarium fish
Latin: Corydoras leopardus
Diet: Worms, crustaceans, insects and plant matter
These friendly tankmates are a type of catfish – named for their prominent barbels, which look just like whiskers! Leopard Corydoras have a silver body with black dots and a row of connected dots on each side of the body. If you look carefully, you’ll be able to see them scooting along the gravel at the bottom of the aquarium, using their ‘whiskers’ to forage for leftovers, and effectively hoovering them up.
Leopard Corydoras spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank and help to keep it clean.
Latin: Paracheirodon axelrodi
Diet: planktonic crustaceans
With a vivid red body with a iridescent blue line in the middle of the body, the exact shade of the blue strip will depend on the angle that you are viewing it from.
Cardinal tetra are zippy and always on the move- they are very active swimmers and look great at night.
Latin: Hemigrammus bleheri
Diet: Brine shrimp
The Rummy-Nose Tetra has a silver body, a black and white barred tail and a vivid red nose. The female is larger than the male. These spritely fish believe in safety in numbers so you’ll spot them swimming about in large shoals, usually towards the bottom of the tank.
The colour of their face can be a sign of how happy they are – the deeper the red, the happier the fish!
Latin: Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Diet: planktonic crustaceans
The Glowlight Tetra is a torpedo-shaped fish, with a silver body and a bright iridescent orange to red stripe which runs across its whole body.
These fish are the most active and happiest when they are in large shoals
Latin: Sturisoma Panamense
Diet: Very varied diet including vegetables and bloodworms
The Panama Whip has a silver-white belly with yellow-brown spots. Its body and fins have specks of red colouration. The males sit on top of the eggs that are laid.
The females exhibit no parental care at all.
Latin: Xiphophorus helleri
Size: 10 cm
Diet: Algae, bloodworms, tubifex and brine shrimp
Males have a pronounced sword-like extension on the lower half of the tail fin. This makes the male look larger to a female. Experiments have shown that females are attracted to larger males. However, they struggle to differentiate between a giant male without a sword and a smaller fish with a large sword!
These fish are live-bearing. When they are happy they can give birth to as many as 80 young at a time.