Are you looking for some truly colorful
tropical fish to include in your tank? Both freshwater and
saltwater fish come in a variety of stunning, vivid colors.
However, what many new tank owners don't know is that a young
fish that is one color may grow up to be a bigger fish that has
an entirely different pattern. Here are some suggestions
regarding what to look for in colorful tropical fish.
Freshwater tropical fish are available in thousands of
different colors, shapes, and sizes. The sheer amount of bright
little tetras alone are enough to fill many tanks with
delightful, jewel colored fish. Guppies are a colorful tropical
fish that compliments tetras very well indeed, both in color
and in temperament. Other small, colorful fish that work well
with tetras and guppies include angel fish, gobies, mollies,
and many others.
There are larger, more vibrant freshwater colorful tropical
fish as well. As these tend to be more aggressive, it's
important to be careful when including them in tanks with
other fish. These
include the gorgeous Siamese Fighting fish, cichlids, and
killifishes. Renowned for their billowing fins and bright
scales, these are a beautiful and dangerous addition to
any tank. However, there are plenty of fish they are
compatible with. Since these are all carnivores, it's a
good idea to exclude any smaller fish. Additionally, avoid
including two of the same species in the same tank. Male
bettas, for example, are known to fight until one kills
As for saltwater fish, you'll be hard pressed to find a
colorful tropical fish that isn't a vibrant rainbow. In the
wild, these colors are used to blend in with the bright colors
of the reef or to falsely declare that they're poisonous. There
are a few that actually are poisonous, however, such as the
lion fish or the blue ringed octopus.
Since many saltwater fish are much bigger than freshwater
varieties, you'll need a much larger tank to accommodate them.
Additionally, you won't be able to keep very many of the larger
species, such as the Emperor Angelfish or the Powder Blue
Surgeon all in the same tank. However, there are a variety of
vivid smaller creatures that you can include with them. These
include clown fish, anemones, yellow tangs, damsel fish, jewel
fish and several others. In addition to housing a wide
selection of colorful tropical fish, you can also host live
rock, which gradually grows a wealth of vivid coral. Learn more
about colorful tropical fish today!