Do Tiger-Fish and Hippo-Fish Get Along? A Collage for LMAC #77

in Let's Make a Collage25 days ago

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It would appear from my collage, created for LMAC #77, that tiger-fish and hippo-fish do get along. At least they do in my mythical universe. However, in the 'real' world, the tiny 'hippo fish' (otherwise known as the flamboyant cuttlefish) is not such an agreeable creature. Nor is the tigerfish

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish (The Hippo-Fish)

Check out this YouTube video of the flamboyant cuttlefish in action:

According to the Dallas World Aquarium, it is not know for certain if the bite and ink of the flamboyant cuttlefish are toxic. Research is being done to see if they are poisonous. However, the flesh of this fish is poisonous. It is a skillful hunter, with eight arms that are equipped with tentacles and suckers. Because of its small size (2.4-3.1 inches, not including tentacles), its prey is small animals.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia Pfefferi)

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Image credit:Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE. Used under CC 2.0 license.

This cuttlefish probably earned the title 'flamboyant' because of its ability to change color. It changes color for camouflage when hunting prey, and when eluding predators. It is thought that the more vivid colors displayed are a warning to predators that its flesh is toxic.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish in Vivid Display
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Image credit: Jenny (JennyHuang) from Taipei. Used under a CC 2.0 license. The caption under this picture describes "Wave upon wave of bright yellow,white,chocolate brown and vermilion flashing neon-like on its stubby body".

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The Tigerfish, a Toothsome Hunter

New Guinea Tiger Fish (Datnioides Campbelli)
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Image credit: George Berninger Jr. Used under a CC 4.0 license

If you are looking for a companionable tank mate in your aquarium, this fish is not a good candidate. The New Guinea tigerfish is quite aggressive. If it meets anything half its size, it will likely make a meal of its new companion. These fish like to ambush their prey, and will hide behind plants in order to leap out at anything that passes by, even if it is not dinner.

There are other species of tigerfish. The one pictured below, Hydrocynus Vittatus, is at least as ferocious as the New Guinea tigerfish.

Tigerfish (Hydrocynus Vittatus) From Zambia
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Image credit: Viridiflavus. Used under a CC 3.0 license.

According to Wikipedia, though this animal consumes mostly fish, it has been known to leap out of the water and seize barn swallows in flight. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes its range: "sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, and south to South Africa.”

The Wildlife Service also describes the maximum 'published' weight of this freshwater fish as 28 kilograms. The Hydrocynus Vittatus is, according the Fish and Wildlife Service, "One of the largest and most fearsome predatory fish species found in Africa’s freshwater rivers".

Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus Goliath)
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Image credit:Cedricguppy - Loury Cédric. Used under a CC 4.0 license.

When it comes to ferocious, though, maybe this critter takes the cake. According to Animal Planet, this fish, which may be found in the fresh waters of the Congo River, may reach a weight of 154 pounds. It eats small crocodiles and has been known to attack humans. Here's a close-up of its teeth:

Teeth on a Goliath Tigerfish
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Image credit: David.mailland. Used under a CC 4.0 license.

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It would seem, from what we've learned about the hippo-fish and the tiger-fish, that they would not be dining companionably in real life :))

My Collage

I tried making a process GIF, as @quantumg does. Unfortunately, my process is so chaotic that the GIF makes no sense. Mind you, I left out more than half the steps :)) But here is the GIF, if you want a chuckle:

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My elements all came from @shaka's original beautiful picture:

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or from Pixabay. Here's a list of those elements:
Fish Imxma pixabay
Tiger Head Andibreit Pixabay
Hippo Head hbieser pixabay
Fish Body for Hippo Nik_Akin on pixabay
Sand Castle Madnutter pixabay
Jelly Fish konkarapolis pixabay
Barbecue Annaliseart Pixabay
Fruit Bowl angel1238812 pixabay
Cup 95839 cup pixabay
Blue Flowers [PhotoRabe pixabay](]
Pink Flowers Analise Art Pixabay
Dolphins Parker West pixabay
Cat naobim Pixabay
Surf FreePhotos Pixabay
Fruit Bowl angel1238812

The sky I colored in myself (couldn't get that right) and I changed the colors on most of the objects so they would complement each other.

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Thank you @shaka for all the work you put in. And thank you,LMAC community, for inspiring me, for doing the creative work that brings me back each week. Readers of this blog, join in the fun. The rules for this contest can be found on @shaka's blog. We have a school, run by @quantumg--our patient and skilled teacher/colleague. And we have a Discord channel, where members of the community connect with each other. Please check out other collages at our community site.

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Thank you for reading my blog


You have created a peaceful universe A.G. Love the critters and especially the cat waitress.

Scary looking teeth on the Goliath Tigerfish.

Have a wonderful week.🌺

Hello friend, @redheadpei,
I can't control the world, but I can make peace in my collage :)

Thank you for liking my little critters. They were fun to play with. I hope your week is great. BTW: the nurse who gave me my vaccine said to drink a lot of water. It cuts down on side effects (that's what she said, anyway).

Most welcome A.G. Thanks for tip about the water.


Hello friend @agmoore excellent the review of the fish, incredible is a fish that can be eaten, it comes out of the water and eats some birds, here in my country there is a very small fish called Caribe found in the Orinoco river They are extremely carnivorous and dangerous, these animals that fall there are quickly eaten by fish. The gif the images must have the same size so that it is better. Good luck in the contest.

I looked up the Caribe. We call them piranha here. I guess it's one type of piranha. Every time I read about the Orinoco, I think of mysterious and ancient cultures. It is a river around which great historic events have flowed, and even before that, great prehistoric events. It has played a central in stories, and in the imagination. This stream of thought happens every time I read about the Orinoco :))

Thank you for your kind words and support my friend. It was wonderful for me to read about fish that are so exotic they almost don't seem real.

I wish you very good luck tonight. Peace and good health to you and your family, @cetb2008 .

Hello friend if they also call you Piranhas, Happy day to you and may you be full of good health

Dear @agmoore, I laughed so hard seeing the details of your collage....
Your post is. as always, very good, and as always, I discover things I didn't know. The tiger fish is amazing, but I am captivated by your coffee drinking beach tiger fish... hahaha.....
Orchids are a charm, then on your beach there are orchid palm trees.
The colors are great, somewhat shocking, as befits a good cartoon.
I was missing something like that. It's very stressful days around here.
A big hug. Take care of yourself.

Thank you for laughing! I chuckled myself as I brought these creatures from my imagination. It's wonderful to see them take shape.

I"m afraid I tore up @shaka's photo a bit, but I kept the parts that brought me pleasure. The most benign remedy for stress in my life is to indulge my imagination and play with LMAC.

I appreciate your visit and your very kind words.

This is as always a very educational and interesting edu collage. I enjoyed reading it very much.
I love these tiger fish and hippo fish. xD They are just funny and it is a creative representation of these slippery contemporaries. :-D

Well done and good luck! :-)

Thank you my friend. My imagination never fails me :) I've never worried about people 'stealing' my ideas, because there are so many of them! The problem is, making the ideas a reality :))

I appreciate your visit and support, as always.

Haha, I love this whimsical collage and as always, with a touch of science in it! Cuttlefish are so fascinating to look at. They really do look like small mutated hippos. Watching National Geographic or Discovery was one of my favourite things as a child and I feel like there's a little bit of those elements in this collage. I personally loved the gif! It's a good thing to add to this contest, to show the process. And I always enjoy it when the maker's process is a bit haphazard.

Hello my friend 🌼

If you like haphazard, you will love my creative process. Very little I do starts out linear. In the end I hope for logic, insist on it, but on the way it is all chaos :))

Thank you for liking my blog. It is such a pleasure to get lost in this activity. Sometimes I let important stuff wait because I'm involved in realizing an idea.

So great to see you back in action with such energy and talent. Good luck in the contest.

In the end I hope for logic, insist on it, but on the way it is all chaos :))

You know of this famous architect, MIes Van Der Rohe who advocated for "Less is More"? There's a whole bunch of us now who don't believe in the grid-lock city systems and saying that life doesn't plan itself out in neat iron-grids. So there's a counter "Mess is More" group of architects out there who believe that cities are meant to be chaotic but it is finding order within that chaos is what makes for a good place. Your comment makes me think of that!

I've been looking at pictures of 'less is more' since I read this comment. I have to say that when I decorate (I don't decorate, ever) less is more probably characterizes the style (lack of style). When my husband first saw my apartment, which I shared with my mother, he was stunned. There was virtually no furniture. It never occurred to me to buy furniture :)) However, I do appreciate architecture, and rooms, that reflect organic development, that reveal something about the creator. (I guess my apartment revealed a lot about me!)

Thanks for the lesson on style and architecture.

Have a great, creative, productive day my friend.

This looks like a party for the animals, a beautiful collage there. Good luck Friend

Thank you @dwixer, my friend. Yes, a party for imaginary animals. Why not? And I don't think there are ever clouds in the sky there, either :)
Thank you for your good wishes.

💗💗 always welcome

Un agradable compartír, muy bonita la realidad que creaste!

Thank you so much, my friend @kismeri. Al menos, podemos imaginar un mundo hermoso y tranquilo :))


ah I do not know the fish in your collage, but anything with cats and tigers is beautiful. And if it's a pink cat it's cool.

vote for your collage good luck in the finals

When I make a collage I might as well have nice thoughts. Tigers and cats do that:)

Thank you very much for your visit and for your kind words.

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Lovely and peaceful outing. I wonder if they accept humans too? I love the beach and would hate to miss out.

Thanks for sharing your collage and the information on the species of fish.