When it comes to picking out tropical fish for your new tank, finding the right ones is an arduous process indeed. Whether you're thinking of keeping a freshwater or saltwater tank, there are plenty of different categories to consider. Here are a few examples of the different types of tropical fish to choose from.

Tropical fish fall under two main categories: freshwater and saltwater. However, aspects such as species, diet, temperament, size, shape, and color are all significant traits to consider as well. Not only do these appeal to aesthetic tastes, but they can affect the outcome of your tank as well.

Freshwater tropical fish are known for being the best for those just starting out with tanks, but they're a popular choice for aquarium experts as well. This is largely because these types of tropical fish are much easier to find, not to mention take care of. They come in a wide assortment of different colors and shapes, leaving you with just as many creative choices as you would get with a saltwater tank.

When choosing these types of tropical fish, there are lots of things to consider. For example, there are herbivorous, omnivorous, and carnivorous fish. There are aggressive fish and there are shy fish. There are egg layers and live birthers. There are smaller fish, such as tetras, that prefer to function in small schools rather than by themselves.

Saltwater fish are known for their vibrant, exotic colors, strange shapes, and odd temperaments. In addition to taking care of an assortment of strange fish, what makes saltwater tanks unique is that many of them contain what is referred to as live rock. This rock contains traces of coral, anemones, and other invertebrates.

For this reason, many of these types of tropical fish are difficult to take care of, as many of them ingest coral or sponge in the wild. However, these diets can be supplemented with clams, oysters, and other foods, as well as manufactured food that contains trace of sponge. Other saltwater fish require vegetable supplements to make up for algae.

In addition to their odd dietary requirements, saltwater fish tend to have strange temperaments as well. Some larger fish may not act very territorial—except when they see another of its kind. Others will attack any fish it is incompatible with quite aggressively. Given that many saltwater fish possess spines, teeth, and even poison, it's best to make sure that your tank remains a peaceful place. Learn more about the different types of tropical fish today!

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