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Tropical Fish Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Meet Gabby the goldfish, just one of many types of tropical fish. In this lesson, she'll help you learn all about the bodies, habitats, and other fun facts about tropical fish!

Tropical Fish

Tropical fish are a specific type of fish that are found in tropical waters all over the world. Tropical waters are waters in the area right near the equator, which is the imaginary line in the center of the Earth.

This red line shows the equator.
equator

Tropical fish can be found in both fresh water like lakes and streams and salt water like oceans. Gabby is a goldfish that lives in fresh water, and she's here to teach you more about tropical fish like her.

Types Of Tropical Fish

Although Gabby is a goldfish, there are lots of other kinds of tropical fish too! Some tropical fish you might have heard of are catfish, clownfish (Nemo from Finding Nemo is a clownfish!), rainbow fish, and even sharks!

Tropical Fish Bodies

Gabby and her tropical fish friends have bodies that are a lot like those of other kinds of fish. All fish have gills, which are like human lungs and help fish breathe.

This picture shows the different body parts that fish have.
fish

Tropical fish also have several different fins like dorsal fins on top of their bodies and pectoral fins on the sides of their bodies that help them swim. Their scales help them move smoothly through the water.

Tropical Fish Habitats

Gabby and other goldfish are freshwater fish, so they live in a lake. Tropical fish can be found in lots of different bodies of water, but the one thing that is the same for all tropical fish is that they must live in the tropics, the area right around the equator. This means that their environment is much warmer than those of fish that live further north or south of the equator. Many people like to keep tropical fish as pets, so they need to make sure the water in their aquariums is warm enough for their fish.

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