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Best pet fish to start with
Nothing is more exciting than adding fish to a newly set up aquarium. However, the right set of fish to start your aquarium must be well selected. Unfortunately many new fish owners make the wrong choices, lose some or all of their fish right off the bat, and give up on fish keeping.
The first qualification for a fish to be a good beginner’s species is that it must be very hardy. The fish must be able to put up with less-than-perfect living conditions.
Here is a brief list of 5 of the top 5 hardy, easy to care for tropical fish for beginners
1- Cory Catfish:
Every aquarium that has soft/acidic water should have at least one shoal of five to six. The Cory Catfish is a cute and energetic little fellow. It is not shy and doesn’t tend to hide. The most popular cory catfish are the Bronze Cory, Peppered Cory and Panda Cory.
Danios are a family of fish, the most common of which are zebra danios, pearl danios and giant danios.They are best first fish for cycling an aquarium, also an excellent choice for any community tank – except when other inhabitants grow large – Zebras always stay tiny & sleek and are easily eaten by big fish!
3- Tiger, Rosy & Cherry Barbs
Tiger barbs are also suitable for breaking in a new aquarium. They do have a tendency to nip fins of slower or long-finned fish, so their tankmates should be chosen accordingly. Tiger barbs are available in a variety of color morphs.
4- Rainbow fish
The addition of rainbow fish to any community tank will reward the hobbyist with a peaceful, easy to raise fish. They are a peaceful schooling fish and do best in numbers of three to five individuals. The most popular rainbow fish include Boeseman’s, Neons and Celebes.
5- Small bodied Gouramis
Gourami is a hardy, peaceful fish, growing to 3” in length. A 20 gallon aquarium is recommended to house this species in a community with other small cichlids or cories. Dwarf, Blue, Gold are a few common selections.
Making good first fish choices can make all the difference in your new tank. Also, remember that acquiring those first pet fish is a memorable, exciting experience for beginners, especially kids.