Pelagic fish Great Barrier Reef

Anemone FishGreat Barrier Reef fish are some of the most striking, diverse and colourful found on any coral reef system, anywhere on earth.

There are estimated to be between 1, 200 and 2, 000 species of Great Barrier Reef fish, from 130 different families. The reside in the more than 2, 900 individual coral reefs that comprise the mighty Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, occupying a total area of 348, 000 km2, which is bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Holland combined.

Some quick & interesting Great Barrier Reef Fish Facts:

  • Juvenile anemone fish (also known as clown fish) can swim 9.5 body lengths per second, 24 hours after hatching. To put that into human terms, Australian Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe swam 2 body lengths per second.
  • The slowest horse on earth is the seahorse, which can take up to 2.5 days to travel 1km.
  • The longest living Great Barrier Reef fish are the red bass, which can live to more than 50 years.
  • The whale shark is biggest of all Great Barrier Reef fish, growing up to 12m long.
  • All Great Barrier Reef fish have ears: their ear bone is the only way for scientists to tell their age.

The Great Barrier Reef fish all lead very different lives.Parrotfish come in different colours unpolluted natural paradise.

An essential part of this amazing natural ecosystem, Great Barrier Reef fish are a part of the food chain, have developed amazing symbiotic relationships with corals and also provide ‘cleaning services’ for some of the reef’s larger residents. For visitors, perhaps the most amazing thing is the diversity in colour, shape and size of the Great Barrier Reef fish, so we will look at these areas are little more closely.

Great Barrier Reef Fish Colours:

  • Great Barrier Reef fish literally come in all the colours of the rainbow: blue, red, orange, purple and green.
  • Colour is used for camouflage, so they can blend into the coral backgrounds and avoid predators.
  • Some Great Barrier Reef fish can change colours, like the Coral Trout during feeding.
  • Great Barrier Reef fish rely on colour and pattern to identify mates and other species.
  • Juvenile Great Barrier Reef fish are often different colour and shape to adult fish, making identification tricky.
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2008-01-21 12:10:09 by compare_them_with

Ocean fish...even predatory FW fish eat other stuff that bottom feeds and they pick up that flavor, while pelagic predatory fish like tuna eat other smaller fish and crustaceans that feed on krill and plankton.
Part of the issue with tilapia is that unlike other fish they tolerate extreme conditions of poor water quality...they are so tough they can live in fresh OR saltwater and anything in between...so it's easier for people who don't care about water quality to actually get them to market, where other fish would just die from neglect....but when raised properly they are pretty mild and aren't any muddier tasting than other FW fish that live in still waters.


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