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Guppyluver4ever 06-22-2009 09:53 AM

Tropical Fish
I always thought that Tropical Fish meant saltwater since in the tropics their is Saltwater, yet every fish store i go to that have the neon-lighted signs that say Tropical Fish, have freshwater fish and even the label for freshwater fish here on the forum says tropical fish, so let me get this entirely straight in my head.... Tropical Fish are freshwater fish?

Can I have some conformation of whether the term Tropical Fish means freshwater or saltwater fish?


DragonFish 06-22-2009 10:00 AM

I'm pretty certain when someone says 'Tropical Fish' they are referring to Freshwater fish that need temps in 75-80 degree range. Just my experience, never heard anyone refer to saltwater fish as just 'Tropical Fish'. Anyone feel free to correct me though :)

Arkamaic 06-22-2009 11:57 AM

Tropical Fish = Freshwater 75-80 degree range as DragonFish said,

Marine Fish = Saltwater Fish Species

SinCrisis 06-22-2009 12:59 PM

Tropical fish implies fish from tropical regions that come from bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, caves, etc. These are all freshwater fish or brackish fish that need a specific temperature range 75-80 as stated above. Marine fish, some are considered tropical that come from reef systems are denoted as marine fish to avoid confusion with the freshwater fish. I have seen places that categorize them as tropical marine fish.

Guppyluver4ever 06-23-2009 10:12 AM


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