Our animals

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

Arowana

Philippines crocodile

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

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Elegant paradise fish

Elegant paradise fish

Long-snouted pipefish

Long-snouted pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Cherry barb

Cherry barb

Threadfin rainbowfish

Threadfin rainbowfish

Mimic oto

Mimic oto

Long-tailed sturisoma

Long-tailed sturisoma

Tiger limia

Tiger limia

Spotted hoplo catfish

Spotted hoplo catfish

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Facts

LatinMicrophis brachyurus
Size24 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, small fish, insects and worms.
HabitatRivers, lakes and brackish water.
IUCN

Least concern

LocationEverywhere in the tropics. Our fish are caught in Indonesia.
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Freshwater seahorse

The pipefish is in the same family as the seahorse. Like the seahorse, the pipefish lives among the seaweed in shallow waters. Here it is well camouflaged with its long, thin body and colouring.

Dad is pregnant

In the pipefish family, the male cares for the eggs until they hatch. The female lays her eggs in a skin flap on the male’s belly – a brood pouch. The eggs are incubated here over the course of 1 month. If there is any danger, the offspring retreat back into the brood pouch.

Several species in one?

The short-tailed freshwater pipefish is very widespread and many scientists believe that a comparison of the DNA of the fish in different areas will reveal that there is actually more than one species.


Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

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