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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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