Saltwater Fish Species in Texas

Gulf ToadfishOther fish also have unusual or misleading common names, like the Sea Robin (any of several species of Prionotus). Obviously, it is not a bird, but an ornate fish with hard bony head coverings, long spines, large pectoral fins, and short bodies. When the sea robin swims, it spreads its long pectoral fins and almost appears to walk or fly along the sea bottom, thus the bird name. In fact, the sea robin (found on the East coast all the way through the Gulf) is actually closely related to other flying fish found around the world.

A lot of unusual fish are named after other animals. The Gulf toadfish (Opsanus beta) is among several species that are well camouflaged for rocky estuary or bay bottoms.Gulf Toadfish FISH!", however it isn't venomous, just ugly. In addition to its strange appearance, the toadfish is one of just a few fish which can make sounds loud enough for people to hear.

Strangely enough, it can also survive very stressful conditions like wide ranges in salinity or high levels of ammonia. That, plus the fact that it can often be obtained as unwanted bycatch from commercial shrimpers, make it a widely sought-after research species in marine laboratories.

The bigmouth goby (Gobiomorus dormitor) also known as the bigmouth sleeper is another bottom-dwelling camouflaged fish that is found off the southern Texas coast.Big Mouth Goby erves its common-name "bigmouth". Brownsville's Coastal Fisheries biologists, as well as anglers, often see these fish in Texas' more tropical waters.

Another fish occasionally found in southern Gulf waters is the sharptail Mola (Mola lancelata) or ocean sunfish. This very strange-looking fish bears no resemblance to a freshwater sunfish and in fact, hardly looks like a fish at all.Ocean sunfish e open waters of the Gulf, sometimes looks like an upright piece of floating debris. The mola in this picture was caught offshore and brought back to the biologists in Brownsville for identification, but small ones like this are sometimes seen in near shore waters. In open water, they may reach up to 7 feet in length.

In fact, anglers and biologists were truly surprised by another tailless fish brought in one day. It is actually a spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) that displays a genetic mutation or developmental anomaly producing taillessness. Somehow this one survived to adulthood and may have even spawned.


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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