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Gobioids & Blennioids: Do take a look on fishbase.org on the internet to gain insight as to how large and diverse the presence of these fishes is in the Red Sea. There are 94 species of Gobiids alone described from here.
Dart Gobies, family Microdesmidae: Seven Red Sea species, only one common, for aquarists.
Damselfishes, family Pomacentridae: Of the forty species of pomacentrid species found in the Red Sea, a few "standards" of the pet-fish trade abound on sandy slopes (others on the reef flat, rocky slope). The one Clownfish of the Red Sea and one of its three symbiotic Anemones and:
Triggerfishes, family Balistidae. There are a few sandy slope Triggerfishes that marine hobbyists may use, even in reef tanks.
Puffers of All Sorts: The Red Sea sports members of all Puffer families, subfamilies. Most get way-too big for home aquarium use, but the Masked Puffer and Tobies can be accommodated by many hobbyists.
For aquarists, earnest investigation into what a "slice" of an area is like, focus on gathering, using the types of life found there, and maintaining the system to mirror natural conditions is what biotopic aquariums are all about. These constructs offer many advantages over traditional types of "general" set-ups that employ a mix of disparate organisms and habitat; better compatibility, suitability of parameters and more natural behavior to name a few.
Biotopic presentations are well-established as methodologies in planted freshwater aquariums, where such approaches contribute much to aquarist success and awareness. Marine hobbyists are greatly encouraged to look into sources of information available that catalog what the living and non-living make-up of a given ecological niche is like and attempt to put together viable replicates as their aquariums.
Do take a read about your local college library (perhaps with the assistance of a reference librarian) for the vast information relating to biotopes that exists in scientific and popular literature. There are series of books, scientific journals highlighting descriptions, investigations of practical ecology for aquarists.
Allen, Gerald R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. MERGUS, Germany. 271pp.
Allen, Gerald R., Steene, Roger and Mark Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publ. Calif. 250pp.
Burgess, Warren E., Herbert R. Axelrod & Raymond E. Hunziker. 1990. Atlas of Aquarium Fishes Reference Book, v. 1, Marine Fishes. T.F.H. Publ.s, NJ. 768pp.
Coletti, Ted. 1998. Habitat tanks; like biotope tanks, but different. AFM 9/98.
Debelius, Helmut. 1993. Indian Ocean Tropical Fish Guide. IKAN, Frankfurt. 321pp.
Debelius, Helmut. 1998. Red Sea Reef Guide. IKAN, Frankfurt, Germany. 321pp.
Dor, Menahem. 1984. CLOFRES. Checklist of the Fishes of the Red Sea. Israel Academy of Science and History. Jerusalem.
Erhardt, Harry & Horst Moosleitner. 1997. Marine Atlas 2 & 3. Invertebrates. MERGUS, Germany. 1,326 pp.
Fenner, Robert. 1996. The Lyretail Grouper, Variola louti. SeaScope v.13, Summer, 96.
Fenner, Robert. 1997. Rating the Red Sea butterflyfishes. TFH 3/97.
Fenner, Robert. 1997. Rating the triggers of the Red Sea. TFH 10/97.
Fenner, Robert M. 1998. The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, A Commonsense Handbook for the Successful Saltwater Aquarist. Microcosm, VT. 432 pp.
Fenner, Robert. 1999. Marine angelfishes of the Red Sea. TFH 2/99.
Fenner Robert. 2000. A Fishwatcher's Guide to the Tropical Marine Aquarium Fishes of the World. WetWebMedia. San Diego, CA.
Fenner, Robert. 2002. The Coral Hind, Lapu Lapu, or Miniata Grouper, Cephalopholis miniata. SeaScope v.19, Winter 02.
Fenner, Robert 2002. Red Sea Fishwatcher's Guide, in four parts. FAMA 2-5/02.
Fossa, Svein A. & Alf Jacob Nilsen. 1995. Korallenriff- Aquarium, Band 3, Fische im Korallenriff und fur das Korallenriff-Aquarium. Schmettkamp, Bornheim. 333 pp.
Fossa, Svein A. & Alf Jacob Nilsen. 2002. The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, v. 4; Molluscs, Echinodermata, Tunicates. Schmettkamp, Bornheim. 480 pp.
Giovanetti, Thomas A. 1989. Getting acquainted with Red Sea fishes. TFH 9/89.
Hanauer, Eric. 1994. A Red Sea traveler's survival guide. Sport Diver 5-6/94.
Hemdal, Jay. 1988. Marine biotopes as a theme for home aquariums. FAMA 10/88.
Hough, Dennis. 1996. The Red Sea's Gulf of Eilat. TFH 6/96.
Mayland, Hans A. 1976. Some Red Sea fishes. Marine Aquarist 7:5, 76.
Mergner, Hans 1971. Structure, ecology and zonation of Red Sea Reefs. Symp. Zool. Soc. Lond., 28: 263-299
Michael, Scott W. 1998. Reef Fishes, v. 1. Microcosm, VT. 624 pp.
Nelson, Joseph S. 1994. Fishes of the World. Wiley, NY. 600 pp.
Randall, John E. 1983. Red Sea Reef Fishes. Immel Publishing, London.192 pp.
Randall, John E. 1995.Coastal Fishes of Oman. U. of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu 439 pp.
Rashad, Byron K. 1996. Red Sea fish for the reef aquarium; jewels of the desert sea. FAMA 5/96.
Tepoot, Pablo & Ian. 1996. Marine Aquarium Companion; Southeast Asia. New Life Publications, FL. 358 pp.
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. Corals of the World. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia. 3 vol.s
Vine, Peter. 1986. Red Sea Invertebrates. Immel Publishing, London. 224 pp.