Gift Shop Tank

The Gift Shop at the Flint RiverQuarium contains some familiar fishes... Can you identify the tank?


Royal Blue Tang

The Royal Blue Tang is a species of Indo-Pacific surgeonfish. They have a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black palette design body. The lower body is yellow in the west-central Indian Ocean. They can grow up to 12 inches. This fish is rather flat like a pancake with a circular body shape, a pointed snout-like nose, and small scales. As a juvenile it eats primarily plankton, and as an adult it feeds on plankton as well as algae. Spawning occurs during late afternoon and evening hours and is indicated by a change in color from a uniform dark blue to a pale blue.  The Royal Blue Tang is not common in one specific area; instead it has a broad range of habitats. It can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific. It is seen in reefs of East Africa, Japan, Samoa, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reefs. It is one of the most common and popular marine fish of the world.


Porcupine Fish

Porcupine fish are commonly called "blowfish". They are medium to large size fish. They can make themselves blow up by swallowing water or air. By them expanding it reduces the amount of predators they have. Some blowfish are poisonous. Porcupine fish are found in nearly all tropical and some temperate waters. They feed mainly on shellfish, which they crush with their strong teeth.  Puffer fish are called 'fugu' in Japan where they are a very expensive delicacy despite being extremely poisonous. A single Puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 humans. There are over 120 different species of puffer fish. Sharks are able to eat puffer fish and are not affected by its poison.


Ocellaris Clownfish

Ocellaris clownfish grows to be about eight centimeters. They are common aquarium fish. They are noticed by their orange bodies and three white bars. They live in anemone as a host for protection. The Ocellaris clownfish is an omnivore and will accept most foods including marine flake food.  A popular movie has greatly increased the Amphiprion ocellaris popularity within the last four years; making this particular species the most commonly exported marine species today. Amphiprion ocellaris living in hatcheries often developed retinal degeneration and other eye problems due to a Vitamin A deficiency in their diet. Ocellaris Clownfish secretes a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. The female clownfish can lay up to 1000 eggs at a time and they hatch in about seven days. The female clownfish is always larger than the male. Despite their 'clown' name and image the clown fish is an aggressive fish and very territorial.


Four Stripe Damselfish

This small fish, native to the Indo-Pacific, grows up to four inches in length. A popular fish for saltwater aquariums, it can be aggressive and territorial with other fish.


Yellow Tail Damsel

They are saltwater fish from the Indo-Pacific. They can reach up to 4inches in length. It is blue with a yellow tail and belly and is sometimes mistaken with the yellowtail damselfish which has less yellow, particularly on its belly. They are less aggressive than other damsel fish. They live in coral heads in shallow water. They feed on plankton. But after they eat they go back in the safety of the coral. They live up to 4-5years.