Beginner fishBy: Jbeing75
Great Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
So now it is time to stock your tank. It is cycled and you are excited about your leap into a new exciting hobby. The first thing to do is research. Do this while your tank is cycling. See what fish match and what fish can be kept together with little or no torment.
The following is a list and some information on some very easy beginner fish for the new aquarist.
The following fish will be less susceptible to changing water perimeters and poorer water qualities than most fish. Keep in mind you should do weekly maintenance, not overfeed, and strive to keep your aquarium as clean as maintained as possible so your fish will thrive.
Rasbora – There are numerous variations of rasbora that are easily kept by new aquarists. Some of these types include harlequin, clown, and the scissor tail rasbora. These are hearty fish that thrive in warmer temperatures as they are naturally occurring in Southeast Asia and Africa. The rasboras are a very large genus that includes more than 70 different species. Most rasboras remain less than 4 inches in length.
Corydoras- Cories are a great starter fish as most species of cory cats are very hearty fish. Cory cats unlike most other catfish as they fall under armored catfish and remain small in size compared to other cats. The cory cat is a very pleasant fish an will be a great addition to almost any community tank that contains smaller fish. They are indigenous to the slow moving streams of South America and do well in shallow lighted tank. Unlike most catfish corys are not nocturnal. They thrive and forage during the day. The corydoras include over 150 species that are mostly very easily kept. Most cory cats are no more than 4 inches in length.
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Barbs- Barbs range in size and should be kept as a species tank. They are known as fish nippers but are very hearty and will thrive in less than perfect water conditions. Barbs if not kept in large shoals may become a little more aggressive and are commonly wrongfully added to community tanks that include long finned species and livebearers. Longer fins for a barb will be an attraction and do not be surprised if when you mix the barbs in a community tank that some of your other fish’ fins may be tattered.
Livebearers – Livebearers are generally kept by new aquarists. These include endler’s livebearer, guppies, mollies, swordtails and platies. These are probably the most common beginner fish as they have brilliant colors at times and are easily kept in pairs with little to no aggression during mating. Livebearers mate at a steady pace and if serious about growing the fry an aquarist should purchase another tank to setup as a fry tank.
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