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Exotic Tropical Fish: Rare Beauties

Exotic Tropical Fish: Rare Beauties

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Some people want more than just goldfish in their tank (but don’t count out the old standby just yet). You can find more exotic fish that have brilliant colors and shapes if you know where to look and what to look for. Here are a few species you might want to check out.

Exotic fish are hard to define. There are so many fish that are different from what we are used to seeing that we may term them “exotic” also. Usually fish that are hard to find have this distinction. Also fish that are interbred to keep certain specific characteristics are also put into this category.

Discus fish – If you’ve ever thought about a discus like in the Olympic Games, the discus variety of fish is flat and wide and brightly colored. These fish are shy and easy to get along with. They hail from the Amazon River but are also tank bred so that you can enjoy them at home. While beautiful, discus fish are sensitive to water changes. They like soft water and high temperatures (85 degrees Fahrenheit). They are usually found alone in community tanks because of the high temperatures.

Betta – These fish are quite beautiful and aggressive. They will fight with other betta fish. Their coloring extends to the feathery fins. As they swim, their fins open up even more for a beautiful show. Choosing betta fish that are healthy can be difficult because of their coloring. Find fish with no bruising, white spots (indication of the ich) or scars.

Guppy – People have always liked guppies. They are small narrow fish with brightly colored tail fins. They resemble a bride in a tight dress with a flared bottom. Guppies are easy to care for and love community aquariums. Temperatures range for guppies and they are very hearty. Female guppies grow larger than the males by about two or three inches. For the fish keeper on a budget, they will eat those large fish flakes happily. Just don’t give them too many.

Platy – These fish are brightly colored in red, yellow and oranges. What distinguishes them is that they have dark colored fins which sort of outline them. Platys are hearty fish that can live in community tanks. They tolerate changes in nitrate and nitrite levels so they make good fish when you are beginning an aquarium and it is cycling to find a balance. They like vegetation to hide their eggs when they breed.

Goldfish – We said not to count them out. There are goldfish species that are very exotic and fetch a high price. Consider the Black Moor. It is a round goldfish with bulging eyes and long velvety tail fins.

What types of exotic fish do you like? Here are a few varieties that work well for beginners and will liven up your tank.

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