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Popular Tropical Fish Species

There are more tropical fish species out there than you could ever count. You want your tank to be filled with beautiful fish that will give you hours of enjoyment. Here are some of the more popular fish species that people are including in their aquariums.

The fish species we will be talking about here are all freshwater fish. For beginners, freshwater tanks are easier to take care of and afford. They give you just as much fun and pleasure as saltwater without the learning curve. You can always adapt your tank for buy a new one to accommodate saltwater tropical fish in the future.

Catfish – There are several species of tropical catfish you can keep in your tank. The best thing about catfish is that they are bottom feeders. They will eat food from the lower end of the tank and scavenge around. They are perfect for community environments since they keep to themselves on the bottom. Use a soft surface on the bottom of the tank since they forage for food there. They can grow to up to four inches.

Cichlids – It’s a funny name but for beautiful fish. They are normally found in the warm climates of South and Central America and Africa but can make their home with you. One of the more popular cichlids is angelfish. They have striking colorful stripes and long pointed rays. There are other cichlids with bright, sparkling scales like the Ram and the Geophagus. Beware though – cichlids are territorial. They may not get along with catfish because they like to claim the entire tank as their territory.

Loaches – Sounds a bit like “leeches” but not as icky. These fish are long and round with beautiful stripe patterns and little whiskers or spines that help them hold onto rocks in fast currents. Loaches are bottom feeders that will also help keep your tank clean. They work in community settings. One caution: They are sensitive to nitrate levels in the water so frequent water changes are necessary even with aquarium cycling.

Rainbow fish – Want some color? Rainbow fish are small and brightly colored making the perfect addition to your tank. They love to swim fast and dart in and out of things. These fish move in schools. Having one or two rainbow fish can lead to aggressiveness among them. Keep several so that there is a balance. Some popular types are: Celebes rainbow, checkered rainbow and Boesemani rainbow.

Tetras – These fish are brightly colored and thrive in open spaces. They also like to hide in vegetation or driftwood. To highlight their colors, keep surrounding light and substrate material darker. They are great for community tanks and move in schools.

What fish are you considering for your tank? Start with these varieties to see which ones you like.

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Tropical Fish Quick and Easy Tips for Beginners

Tropical Fish Quick and Easy Tips for Beginners

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Working with tropical fish can be both beautiful and rewarding. If you have never owned them before, you are in for a treat. Here are a few tips for those just starting out.

There is more to taking care of fish than putting them in a plastic bowl and watching them swim around. If they stay in that plastic bowl, they won’t be swimming for long. Just like you need room to move around and breathe, so do your fish.

Choose an appropriate aquarium for your fish – You may own one fish now but you probably plan on owning several more. Buy an aquarium based on the eventual size of your fish and not how they look now. Some fish can grow to be several inches long. That can lead to cramped quarters in a ten gallon tank.

Choose a species to begin your aquarium – Notice that we used the word “begin.” As well as having more fish you’ll also want to add new species to your colorful underwater world. Even at that rate, starting with just one species lets you get used to taking care of tropical fish. The more you learn you’ll be able to tell which species live well together and which will behave badly.

Choose what type of aquarium to buy – There are two choices: freshwater or saltwater. Freshwater fish are plentiful and need less maintenance to live a happy life. On the other hand, saltwater aquariums will cost you a pretty penny to get started and maintain.

Find the right equipment – For that advice, you can go to books or a pet store. Pet store personnel will be able to tell you exactly what you need to accommodate your fish. All fish need a filtration system and light, but the degree of each varies. A basic filter may work for freshwater fish (along with a few bottom feeders to clean the tank even more) but an under-gravel filter in addition to an outside filter may be needed for saltwater tropical fish.

Fish food – Fish need to swim and eat. Feeding them the wrong food can make them just as sick as the wrong water environment. Most fish like the flakes but there are some that can benefit from worms and other morsels. It is important to know what the like to eat and how expensive it will be to feed them.

Plan before you buy – Bringing home the fish is the last thing you do. Be sure that your environment is set up and you are familiar with how to take care of your fish before you actually acquire them. Things will sail more smoothly that way.

Are you new to fish care? No matter; you can use these quick tips to get you off on the right foot.

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