Avo has been designed to lead the way in fish tank maintenance, but its not just a clever design, it’s also been designed to look super stylish, and a stylish looking tank surely deserves a famous fish face! Here are our five favourite famous fish and some suggested freshwater tropical fish that could add a bit of glamour to your tank.
Stars in: Finding Nemo (2003)
Played by: Alexander Gould
Species: Clown fish
Clownfish are marine fish native to warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Great Barrier Reef. They have a special relationship with the anemones. The sea anemone protects the clownfish from predators, as well as providing food through the scraps left from the anemone’s meals and occasional dead anemone tentacles. In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from its predators and parasites. In a group of clownfish there is a strict hierarchy. The largest female is at the top. Clownfish are sequential hermaphrodites, meaning that they develop into males first, and when they mature, they become females. If the female clownfish is removed from the group, one of the largest and most dominant males will become a female – so this means that in finding Nemo Marlin would have actually become Marlina!
Alternatives: Golden Ringed Danio
Clownfish aren’t suitable for Avo as they are marine fish and Avo is freshwater. However a stunning alternative could be the Golden Ringed Danio. Danios are perfect for the beginner aquarium, being peaceful and hardy. The are best kept in small shoals of about six and will grow up to about 2.2cm in length. The Golden Ringed Danio is rarer than it’s zebra striped relatives so would make an exclusive addition to your Avo tank.
Stars in: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Played by: Samuel E. Wright
There’s some debate online as to whether the little mermaids good friend Sebastian is either a crab or a lobster. Either way, he’s technically not a fish and in fact a crustacean. Please don’t try to keep a lobster in an Avo. It wont fit and it wont be happy. A good alternative would be a cherry shrimp or red crystal shrimp.
Alternatives: Red Crystal Shrimp
A good alternative crustacean would be a shrimp. The most similar looking is the red cherry shrimp however, the shrimp with the star power is the red crystal shrimp. Red crystal shrimp are know for their appetite for algae so will help to keep your tank sparking clean. They prefer a mature tank that has been set up and running for more than 3 months, this ensures that they have lots of things to snack on, but it’s also a good idea to top up their diet with algae flakes. Red crystal shrimp are graded by the amount of white on their bodies, the more white the better the specimen – find a crystal shrimp with lots of white and it’ll have lots of star power.
Stars in: Finding Nemo (2003)
Played by: Ellen DeGeneres
Species: Pacific Regal Blue Tang
Dory is best known as Marlin’s friendly but forgetful sidekick in finding Nemo. In real life Dory is a Pacific Regal Blue Tang, these marine fish are not quite as friendly as Dory and can be slightly aggressive, requiring 180 gallons of water.
Alternatives: Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
If you’re looking for a similar superstar fish to Dory for your Avo aquarium a good alternative would be a Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami. Dwarf Gourami fish grow to around 6-7cm and because of this only one Gourami is recommended in an Avo, however they happily live alone. Gouramis are easy to care for and good for a beginner aquarium, you could team them with some shrimp and snails as tankmates.
4. Blinky the three eyed fish
Stars in: The Simpsons
Species: Mutant Fish
Blinky the three eyes dish is a mutant fish species found in the water around the Springfield nuclear power plant. Blinks claim to fame is in the episode Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish from November 1990. In the episode Bart a Blinky in the river by the power plant & it makes headlines about it. State nuclear inspectors find numerous safety violations, and order Mr. Burns to fix them or the plant will be closed down. Mr. Burns decides to run for governor, so that he can pass laws that will keep the plant open.
Alternatives: Golden Molly
Blinky’s claim to fame is his unusual third eye. However there aren’t any fish that we know about with three eyes! A colourful alternative fish that looks similar to Blinky (minus the third eye!) Is the Golden or Saffron Molly. These fish are easy for beginners to keep and although technically from brackish water which requires a little salt content these cute and colourful fish will happily live in freshwater with no salt. Molly’s grow to about 5cm in size so a pair of Mollys with some shrimp and snails would look beautiful in an Avo. However watch out – Mollys are livebearers and known for their breeding skills, if you have a boy and girl Molly you might soon have lots of little fry swimming round your tank!
Stars in: Sharks Tale (2004)
Played by: Will Smith
Species: Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
Like Oscar in Sharks Tale, The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasses forms a symbiotic relationship with the other reef fish by cleaning them of unwanted parasites. Cleaner Wrasses are peaceful fish which perform an intriguing dance to solicit other fish and to calm them, allowing the cleaners to remove parasites and debris from their bodies, fins, and mouths. They often set up a cleaning station, where the other fish can visit just for this beneficial cleaning service.
Alternatives: Zebra Danio
The Zebra Danio is an amazingly robust fish, perfect for the beginner aquarium. It’s most usually found in silver and golden coloured, but more unusual long finned varieties have been bred in captivity and can be found such as the fish shown in the picture above. Because of their tolerant natures Zebra Danios are often used in scientific experiments, even being sent into space by Nasa to see how they react to zero gravity. In the wild they’ve been found in temperatures ranging from 6c up to 39c, temperatures which would freeze or cook other fish. They can also tolerate a large variance in pH from 5.1 to 8.1! Gowing to about 5cm in size a small shoal of three Zebra Danios would be perfect in an Avo.