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Aquarium Biotope Lists

Bonus content from the August 2009 FAMA magazine article Recruiting Marines.

By Bob Fenner |

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Marine Fish & Reef USA
Freshwater and Marine Aquarium
Species for Pacific Anemone, Clownfishes, and Friends 
  • Anemone. One bubble tip (Entacmaea quadricolor), leather (Heteractis crispa) or carpet (Stichodactyla sp.).
  • Clownfishes. A pair or trio of Amphiprion percula, A. ocellaris or Premnas biaculeatus (maroons).
  • Cardinalfishes. Pajamas (Sphaeramia sp.), Banggais (Pterapogon kauderni) or other possibilities.
  • Rabbitfishes. A smaller species, perhaps Siganus magnifica, S. virgatus or S. vulpinus.
  • Porcelain crabs. One or two Neopetrolisthes sp.
  • Urchins. Either Athenosoma or long-spined sea urchins (Diadema sp.).

Species for Tropical West Atlantic (TWA) Biotope

  • 1 Cuban hogfish (Bodianus pulchellus)
  • 1 or 2 hamlets. (Hypoplectrus spp.)
  • 1 or 2 TWA basslets (Serranus spp.)
  • 2 golden jawfish. (Opistognathus aurifrons)
  • 1 of either Centropyge argi or C. aurantonotus
  • 2 cleaner gobies. (Gobiosoma or Elacatinus spp.)
  • 100 pounds of TWA live rock
  • 1 coral banded shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)
    Ricordea florida
  • Tropical West Atlantic algae (Acetabularia, Dictyota, Halimeda, Lobophora, Padina, Rhipocephalus, Sargassum, Udotea)


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Dot    Hawk Junction, ON

3/10/2012 5:26:41 AM

Great variety of fish

A    C, VA

3/20/2010 7:22:24 PM

Maybe someday, if I have 3 or 4 tanks to devote to different biotopes I'd do one, but for now my one tank is a mix and match.

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