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Do Goldfish Need A Filter And Air Pump?

Do Goldfish Need A Filter And Air Pump?

Are you a fish lover? If yes, you would probably have heard of a Goldfish. Goldfish is a commonly found aquatic animal that people love to keep as a pet in their home or business place. The small tiny fish is really very attractive by its size, body, and fins. They are generally kept in an aquarium where they can swim and enjoy the small accessories that are kept inside the aquarium as a decoration. Now the question that arises…

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The Trout

The Trout

The Trout family (Salmonidae) include about 38 species in North America with only two species known to exist in Kansas, both of which have been introduced. They are very valuable sport and commercial fishes and have been introduced into cool waters all over the world. The Trout that have been placed in Kansas, are not known to reproduce due to the lack of proper breeding conditions and must be stocked from fisheries to replenish their numbers. This subject has been…

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Gar

Gar

For 100 Million years Gar have inhabited the Earth. They were here to see the dinosaurs die out and to see man begin his onslaught on water habitats the world over. They survived all this time by having a body that is tough and adaptable. Gar are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Osteichthyes, order Lepisosteiformes, family Lepisosteidae. Gar are equipped with a gas bladder that serves as a lung in habitat with limited deluded oxygen available….

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The Goldeye

The Goldeye

Description and Size: Color is dark-blue to blue-green on sides. Silver belly. White- brownish edges to scales lend the fish a tan colored appearance. Body sides are covered with large, loose scales. Body deep in proportion to its length sharp keel on belly. Dorsal fin of 9 or 10 rays. The head is small and short and bluntly rounded. Eye large and iris is yellow. Mouth has many small teeth on jaws and tongue. The largest Goldeye caught in Kansas was…

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The Freshwater Drum

The Freshwater Drum

Description and Size: The Freshwater Drum is a deep bodied, silver colored fish whose head and body slope steeply up from their nose to the dorsal fin, resulting in a hump-backed appearance. The skeletal features of the Drum are unique, with a heavily reinforced skull and large ear bones. They are also characterized by a long dorsal fin divided into two sections. The dorsal fin usually has 10 spines and 29-32 rays. Habitat in Kanssa: Freshwater Drum are found in many…

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Herrings

Herrings

Herrings are small, laterally flattened represented in Kansas by three species, Gizzard Shad, Threadfin Shad and the Skipjack Herring. The Gizzard Shad and the Skipjack Herring are native to Kansas; while the Threadfinshad Shad has been intrduced many times to the state fish fauna with poor results. The herrings have several distinct physical features that separate them from the other fishes: a single row of sawtooth scales called scutes occur along the belly, scaleless head, transparent eye covering that is…

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Pike

Pike

Description and Size: The Northern Pike vary in color from dark shades of green to olive green and brown, with seven to nine rows of yellowish spots. The underside is white or cream colored. They are equipped with a complex skull and jaw that is full of razor sharp teeth. The state record for Kansas is a 24 lbs., 12 oz. specimen that measured 44 inches by Mr. & Mrs. H.A. Bowman of Manhattan, Kansas. The fish was caught on rod…

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The Bowfin

The Bowfin

Description and Size: The Bowfin has a long dorsal fin that has distinct separation from the tail, with the tail being large and well rounded. The fish also has a large, toothed mouth. Due to the fishes rarity in Kansas there have been few species caught for size comparison but they are believed to get no larger than 43 inches, or about 8 pounds. Habitat in Kansas: Bowfins were rumored to inhabit the Missouri, Neosho, and Marais des Cygnes rivers in the…

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The Perch

The Perch

The Perch family is a large and varied group that is distributed throughout much of Asia, Europe, and North America. Over 100 species are native to North America, including the Yellow Perch, the Walleye and Sauger, and the tiny Darters. The Darters are endemic to North America, but a close relative to the Yellow Perch is found in Europe, as are the Zander (or pike-perch) and the Berschick, the European equivalents of the Sauger and Walleye. When the United States…

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minnows

minnows

The group of fishes identified as minnows is very large in Kansas. The physical characteristics that determine whether a fish can be considered a Minnow are as follows. External features include: scaleless head, toothless jaws, lack of adipose fin, lack of appendages at the base of the pelvic fins, and a single, soft dorsal fin in native species that has less than 10 rays. Internal anatomical features are: cyprinids have fewer than 10 teeth in any row on the pharyngeal…

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