Fish By: Darby DeBonis

Tropical Fish

These are all different types of tropical fish, but just a few species are shown here.

            Fish are cold-blooded, aquatic animals that have scales, gills and fins. Some people may see fish and think nothing of them, others may see fish and think of how amazing, and extraordinary fish are. For instance, when I am in New York, I once saw a few fish in a  river, and become excited because the river is so polluted and living things are almost rare to be able to live in hat pollution. Unlike in Hawaii, tourists see colorful, unique, and riveting fish and are amazed, while the people who live there are not amazed and are only thankful that they are able to live with one of a kind animals.

             Just like kangaroos in Australia, fish are extraordinary and have a large history. Fish have been on the earth for over 450 million years, before dinosaurs were alive. Having there be 25,000 identified species of fish alive on the earth, 15,000 species haven’t been identified.  If someone was to combine all the species of amphibians, birds, and mammals, there are still more species of fish. Even though 40% of all fish species live in fresh water, less than 0.1% of the earth’s water is fresh. The largest fish in the world is the whale shark, the whale shark can grow to be fifty feet in length. The smallest fish is the Philippine goby that is less than 1/3 of an inch when fully grown. 

               Some species of fish have skeletons made of only cartilage. Two species of fish even have no jaw! Fish also feel pain, they have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste, and many species have a good sense of smell and “hearing”. But, one of the , most popular pet in the U.S are tropical fish. Yet, 95% of tropical fish mortalities are because of improper housing and nurturing. Many of the tropical fish in the United states are imported and harvested from Africa, Asia, and Central South America. Over all, many people misjudge fish for average, boring animals, but, as I have proved, fish are some of the most exciting animals know to man!


 1. If you could swim, or have swam, with tropical fish, what would, or how did, you react?

 2. Have you ever housed a tropical fish, is it still living, has it changed since you first received it?

 3. How do you feel about fish dying due to living in a bad habitat/ fish tank?

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