Freshwater tropical fish are rapidly becoming one of the most popular types of fish to keep. Not only are they considerably easier to keep than saltwater fish, but they come in such a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities that you still have a diverse range to choose from. Here are a few tips when picking out freshwater tropical fish for your aquarium.

When entering a fish store, it's easy to want to go haywire and pick out all manner of beautiful, impressive freshwater tropical fish. However, if you are new to taking care of aquariums, it's a good idea to start small. Once you're sure that your tank is regulated, you can always add more fish until you have your own private ecosystem of different species.

What are some good tropical freshwater fish to start with? This depends on a variety of different factors. Picking out fish that are relatively hearty, such as tetras, guppies, rasboras, bettas, mollies, and many others are all good ideas. This way, if you make a mistake with your water temperature or feeding schedule, you will have less of a chance of causing serious damage.

What many don't realize at first about freshwater tropical fish is that different species have different temperaments as well. Keeping these in mind when buying fish is crucialCherry Barb for keeping a thriving tank. For example, some fish such as tetras and guppies, are naturally schooling fish. When buying them, make sure that there are a number of tank mates of the same species with them. Other fish, such as bettas, are notoriously territorial. To prevent the betta from attacking everything else in your tank, it's important to research which types of fish are naturally compatible with this beautiful, but aggressive fish.

Sometimes your tank's surroundings will affect what kind of freshwater tropical fish you own. If you plan on buying herbivorous fish, for example, don't buy real plants for your tank, or your fish will rapidly consume them. If you plan on buying carnivorous tropical freshwater fish, such as cichlids or killifisheses, avoid keeping smaller fish in your tank, as they might end up snapped up.

You can prevent accidentally introducing disease to your tank by making absolutely sure that the store you purchase your fish from has quality tropical freshwater fish. For example, avoid buying from stores that keep their fish in overcrowded or dirty tanks. If a fish looks sick, avoid purchasing anything from that tank. Keep in mind that a solitary fish or a fish with its fins folded up may not necessarily be ill. However, if you see a fish struggling to swim or breathe, avoid it. By using these tips and more, soon you will have a beautiful freshwater tropical fish tank that will last for years to come!

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