Saltwater fish species in Florida

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Florida has a variety of snapper species, and their similar appearance sometimes leads to misidentification. Knowing a few of the key distinguishing characteristics for each species can make the identification process a breeze.


Keys: Red eye
Deep body
Size 3–20 lbs.


Keys: Large canine teeth
Size 10–80 lbs.


Cubera-Snapper.tifKeys: Crescent-shaped
black spot at base
of pelvic fin


Keys: Dark streak (snout)
Size 3–10 lbs.


Keys: Yellow eye
Size 2–4 lbs.
Max 12 lbs.


Keys: Yellowish fins
Large teeth
Blue streaks on gill plate


Keys: Black lateral line spot
Pointed anal fin
Size 5–15 lbs.


Keys: Pale bars
Yellow fins
Horizontal blue line under eye


Keys: Black lateral line spot
Yellow horizontal stripes
Rounded anal fin


Keys: Bright yellow
streak and tail


Blackfin-Snapper.tifKeys: Reddish margins on fins
Size 13“


Keys: Streamlined body
Size 2 lbs.

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Copper is also toxic to fish, especially

2002-04-04 03:51:43 by MeM

Goldfish. There are several vital dyes that are relatively safe for FRESHWATER fish with ich (I know nothing about saltwater fishes) that are sold in pet stores: methylene blue is very safe for fishes but kills plants. There is a more commonly used drug now, malachite green, which is safe for plants and fairly safe for most fishes. But I believe a few kinds of FW fishes have trouble with it.
If I remember right, you don't have to change the water after using M.G., it naturally breaks down. But you will after M.B., first because it stains the water a deep blue, second because of your plants

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