Fish of the Week

Fish of the Week: Pacu

Don’t stick your hand in that tank, it’s a piranha! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! Just kidding! Although he may try to nibble at your hand if you stick it in his mouth, the red-bellied pacu (Piaractus brachypomus) is just a relative of the piranha. They do look very similar, however, and both live in the Amazon. These have …

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Fish of the Week: Killifish

Killifish come in a wide variety and are essentially all egg-laying fish of the order Cyprinodontiformes. There are over 1000 different species, divided bewteen wild and captive populations. Wild populations are known for surviving in very extreme conditions, and may even survive some periods of drying out! In our area of California, the Bay Area …

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Fish of the Week: Bluegill

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Coming up in a few weeks is the annual American Association of Veterinary Medicine conference in Chicago, IL. Lots of aquatics lectures are in the schedule, so we’ll have a series of updates post-conference. In honor of Illinois, this week’s fish is the state fish of Illinois, the bluegill. Bluegill are a …

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