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
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
crucial 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